The owner of a local medical marijuana dispensary does not expect recreational use of the drug to be legalized this summer.
This as pot enthusiasts take part in what could be the last 4/20 celebration before legislation on recreational marijuana goes into effect across Canada.
Tamara Duggan of Tamarack Dispensaries feels residents shouldn’t get their hopes up on the Cannabis Act’s start date.
Earlier this year, the Federal Government pushed back plans to legalize the drug from July 1st to the end of summer.
But Duggan thinks even that date is optimistic with the Bill requiring senate approval.
“Should the Senate have any questions, sending the Bill back to the house for discussion during the month of May is their magical deadline,” Duggan says. “If that doesn’t happen, its going to get pushed further and further towards the Fall.”
Duggan is also concerned with other levels of government questioning how the new rules will be implemented.
“We’ve heard plenty of pushback from the Provinces saying once they initiate the legalization date, its still going to take up to three months to get all of their ducks in a row,” Duggan says.
Duggan is encouraging residents to write the Federal and Provincial Government and voice any concern they have over new marijuana laws
She believes a large number of East Kootenay residents support legalizing recreational pot use sooner rather than later.
– Tamara Duggan, Owner, Tamarack Dispensaries.