29 Sep Clark calls for private distribution of cannabis; encourages a phased approach with a focus on public safety

October 3, 2017 (Calgary) – Cannabis should be distributed through a privatized model but must be implemented with care, says Alberta Party Leader Greg Clark.

“Despite the challenges legalization of cannabis presents, this should be seen as an opportunity for Albertans,” said Clark. “The entrepreneurial spirit in our province creates tremendous opportunity for retailers, producers, and innovators.

“Under no circumstances should the government create a crown corporation.”

Clark said retail distribution should be phased in slowly.

“We must be careful about moving too quickly and encourage a phased approach, and we must learn from other jurisdictions regarding implementation of government policy when it comes to formerly-controlled substances,” said Clark. “It is important to engage municipalities to ensure retail stores don’t proliferate too quickly, and are appropriately located.

“More stores can be added over time, but it’s very difficult to pull back if too many retail licenses are granted early on.”

Clark said the legal age for consumption should be set at 18.

“Much as the science would tell us that a higher age for consumption makes sense, this could be problematic when the drinking age is 18.”

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