Alberta justice minister heading to Colorado to research marijuana policies


EDMONTON – Alberta’s justice minister is travelling to Colorado this week to research the legalization of cannabis first-hand.

Kathleen Ganley will be going to Denver Thursday to meet with the attorney general, police, fire and environmental health officials.

She says the two-day trip will cost just over $4,000 but will help prepare the government for the eventual legalization of marijuana.

Ganley says Colorado is an ideal location to research the issue since it legalized cannabis more than two years ago.

She says she hopes the trip will help Alberta avoid problems during the legalization process.

Ganley says the research will help cabinet ministers during the development and implementation of a cannabis framework for Alberta.

“It’s vital for our government to be prepared and educated on the issue of legalizing marijuana and we’re eager to hear from experts in this field,” Ganley said. “We want to learn from Colorado’s experiences and any challenges regarding the process of legalization.”

She hopes they’ll be able to learn about public safety, economic, health and social issues stemming from the legal move.

With a file from Global News