Mr. Speaker, the member will know that several members on this side of the House approached the minister last year. They asked him to present regulations to govern the commercial growing of hemp. The minister met with these members and listened to them. Subsequently he ordered his department to move posthaste in developing regulations for such activity.
An interparliamentary committee was struck and presented draft regulations. I am pleased to advise the House that on December 27, 1997 these were published in The Canada Gazette . Since then there have been a series of meetings including—