The Canadian government official indicated Wednesday that while regulations regarding cannabis consumption may vary throughout different parts of the country, authorities will nonetheless not allow cannabis tourism and for movement of the substance across the border.

Bill Blair — the parliamentary secretary to the justice minister and the former police chief of Toronto — also expressed the government’s desire to see laws reining in driving that occurs under the influence.

“We would like to see consistency and a consensus across the country on the best way to keep our roadways safe,” said Blair in an interview.

Canada’s intention to legalize cannabis was announced in April by Canadian Health Minister Jane Philpott at the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS). The country’s government subsequently formed a task force to study the issue, and is preparing a report on the matter that will likely be ready in November.

The government states that while the sale of unregulated cannabis remains an issue, it will nonetheless be handled by municipalities. According to Blair, the government is comfortable with the current levels of law enforcement.

“It doesn’t mean everybody needs to be in jail,” he said.

John Winston is a New York City-based journalist and a Media Advisor for

Canadian Official Clarifies Gov’t Regulations on Cannabis
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