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Provinces want more time to legalize pot, say 2018 goal ‘rushed’ – Politics

Manitoba’s finance minister says he’s feeling rushed by the Trudeau government’s July 2018 timeline for legalizing recreational marijuana and he wants more time.

Cameron Friesen said Monday that with the clock ticking there are still many unanswered questions on issues like public safety, enforcement and finding legal supplies of marijuana.

Provinces, he argued, are responsible for much of the work and the “very real” costs needed to create a regulated cannabis market.

Speaking in Ottawa before a federal-provincial finance ministers meeting, Friesen said he had already raised the idea of an extension with federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

Morneau was expected to speak to reporters about the meeting at 4:15 p.m. ET. CBCnews.ca will carry his remarks live.

Friesen didn’t reveal how much extra time he’s hoping for, but said he expected the issue to come up during the…

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