“I am pleased to see further progress towards implementing the Liberal policy of cannabis legalization,” says Alberta Liberal Leader David Khan. “The government’s proposal appears to strike the right balance; however, we will reserve judgement until the next round of consultation and the final legislative framework is complete.
“We have seen many Liberal policies poorly implemented by the NDP. As such, we will be keeping a close eye on this one to ensure that it is done in a way that is fair, safe, and beneficial to our society.”
Alberta Liberal MLA David Swann concurred with Khan’s remarks and added that he hoped to see a significant portion of the revenues from cannabis sales go towards addictions treatment and prevention programs, mental health, and the expansion of the drug treatment courts program.
“As I’ve said before, the province’s annual spending on mental health and addictions is well below the national average,” says Swann. “While the specifics of how tax revenues will be utilized have yet to be announced, they represent an opportunity to make significant investments into mental health and addictions prevention and treatment, as well as keeping Albertans suffering from these issues out of the criminal justice system.”
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