Today's Your Chance To Have A Say On Legalization

How should marijuana be regulated in Canada? The Liberal Senate Forum in Parliament wants to know, and they want you to tell them. On the morning of Feb. 24, the senators will be holding an open discussion in the Centre Block building on Parliament Hill.

The senators have invited a panel of experts, including Bill Blair - the former Toronto police chief and current Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. Blair will be heading up the task force overseeing legalization. And he'll be joined next Wednesday by the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), and policy experts from the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA).

The speakers list does not include activists or advocates for legalization, or anyone who has expertise on the role of dispensaries and licensed producers (LPs).

Perhaps those voices will come from the members of the public, who can take part in person or on social media with @LibSenate on Twitter. If you want to attend in person, contact Mike Delaney ([email protected]), the legislative assistant for Senator Art Eggleton.

The event is part of the Senate Liberals' Open Caucus initiative, which opens the door to parliamentarians and members of the public in order to have a non-partisan discussion of issues facing the nation. Wednesday's chat will include topics like where marijuana should be sold as well as how we can keep cannabis out of the hands of kids, and how we can equip police with the tools to keep the roads safe from inebriated drivers.

To prep for the event, check out Bill Blair discussing legalization on CBC prior to the Liberals' win in the 2015 federal election:

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On Flatbush Avenue, tucked amidst the nexus of four iconic Brooklyn neighborhoods (Park Slope, Boerum Hill, Fort Greene, and Prospect Heights), medical cannabis company Citiva opened up their newest location at the turn of the new year. Walking through the shiny glass door, you’re first struck by the sleek tidiness of the front lobby. Both the dispensary's resident pharmacist and receptionist greet visitors as they clear patients (as does any medical dispensary in the country) before allowing them through to the retail room.

Can we see some ID please?

You must be 19 years of age or older to enter.