Our region’s MP met with constituents in the East and West Kootenay to discuss next month’s legalization of cannabis.
Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski says the town hall meetings in Nelson and Cranbrook late last week were valuable experiences.
“We heard some very great personal stories of hardship and benefit,” Stetski says. “We learned and certainly I learned as much from them as much as they learned from us, which is really why these townhalls are so valuable. It becomes a two-way conversation that needs to happen.”
Stetski says the meeting was meant to address concerns from the public and to provide information.
“I want to make sure people are as well informed as possible,” Stetski says. “The second purpose is to get an idea of some of the concerns that are constituents have. Issues they don’t think are adequately dealt with and take them back to Ottawa.”
Constituents voiced concerns regarding issues like public consumption and crossing the border.
Stetski and fellow MP Murray Rankin warn while cannabis is legal in some U-S states, it is still prohibited by federal law.
They add that some renters may not be able to consume in their homes if their landlord doesn’t allow smoking.
Other issues raised included dispensaries and impaired driving.
Stetski says some municipalities reserve the right to not allow dispensaries.
He adds dispensaries will operate under a very detailed and specific regime.
– Kootenay-Columbia MP Wayne Stetski