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Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the support of my hon. colleague across the way for this piece of legislation. There is a lot of work we need to do and continue to do in ensuring that we work with the provinces and territories around a complex regime from seed to sale in fixing a pric

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I would submit that we are doing it properly. We have been very open and clear about our objectives around legalization of cannabis, strict regulation, and restricting access to it in order to keep it out of the hands of kids and the proceeds out of the hands of crim

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, children are getting it right now in massive quantities. Canada has the highest number of young people smoking cannabis. We are seeking to legalize cannabis, strictly regulate it and restrict access. There is nothing in the legislation that provides legal access to

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, this not a laughing matter. I would ask my friend opposite to read the report of the task force on cannabis. The reality is that, right now, Canada has the highest rates of young people using cannabis, and the reason we want to move forward with the legalization of c

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I certainly thank my hon. colleague across the way for the support for this important piece of legislation. I recognize that there have been advocates for this legislation for a great deal of time. As with all bills that I have and that our government has, we will

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to answer this question with respect to our objectives around the legalization of cannabis, its strict regulation, and restricting its access to achieve the objectives of keeping it out of the hands of children and the proceeds out of the

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I appreciate my hon. colleague across the way talking about how transformative this is. This is necessary to ensure we move beyond the status quo, which simply is not working. It is easier for a young person to get a joint than it is to get a bottle of beer or access

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, to answer the question around why we do not simply decriminalize, to simply decriminalize right now, absent a comprehensive regulatory framework, will not achieve the objectives we are seeking to achieve with the legalization of cannabis. We need to have a regulatory

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I completely reject that accusation. Of course we care about the health and safety of Canadians. That is the whole premise and the basis upon which we are putting forward this legislation to legalize cannabis, to strictly regulate it, and to restrict access it to ens

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to be working with my colleagues the Minister of Public Safety and the Minister of Health to address the exact issues that are being raised in creating a public awareness campaign about the impacts of cannabis smoking on the developing brain. We are not

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, we have done substantive consultation in this regard. Substantial consultation was conducted through a task force that received over 30,000 responses. This task force of very learned members in the area of public safety, health, and justice submitted a report with 80

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, we have taken on the task of legalizing, strictly regulating, and restricting access to cannabis in order to achieve our public policy objectives of keeping it out of the hands of children and the proceeds out of the hands of criminals. We have engaged in a substan

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, as I stated before, but will say it again, there is nothing in the legislation that provides a legal means for young people to obtain cannabis. With respect to the realities and taking a public health approach, we have to draw the distinction to ensure we have inform

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, I am pleased the hon. member across the way agrees with the bill. It is a monumental shift and a monumental change. That is why we have taken a substantive amount of time engaging with the task force, engaging with experts in the areas of public health, safety, and j

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal

Cannabis Act  Mr. Speaker, we have great respect for this place and we appreciate the two and a half days of debate and discussions we have had on Bill C-45. I very much look forward to the next number of hours of debate in this place. I look forward to the bill passing through the parliamen

June 6th, 2017House debate

Jody Wilson-RaybouldLiberal