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View Derek Sloan Profile
Ind. (ON)
Mr. Speaker, I recently met the reeve and CEO of Stone Mills, a beautiful community in my riding. Like many municipalities, it has been inundated by the presence of organized crime groups that are running illegal cannabis operations worth many millions of dollars.
Municipalities like Stone Mills are on the hook for tens of thousands of dollars in cleanup costs after police raids. All agree that the framework pertaining to legalization is broken.
Will the minister commit to hearing the concerns of these municipalities and addressing them during the upcoming review of the Cannabis Act?
View Bill Blair Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Bill Blair Profile
2020-10-23 11:58 [p.1169]
Mr. Speaker, we did, and we continue to do, seek to meet with municipalities to hear local concerns.
I would point out for the member opposite that as a direct result of the new regulatory framework that we put in for Canada's production, consumption and retail in the country, over half of the profit has been taken away from organized crime. That is literally billions of dollars not going into the hands of organized crime.
We still rely very much on the excellent work done by our police services to ensure that those who operate outside the law are dealt with according to the law, because that activity remains a criminal offence in Canada.
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