September 22, 2017

Provincial Consultation on Cannabis
The legalization of recreational cannabis will happen in July 2018. SUMA has been active on this file, and will continue to engage in consultations, meetings, and discussions on members' behalf. 

We will provide a response to the provincial survey released earlier this month, and encourage members to complete the survey as well. 
Federal Funding a Win
We consider the announcement of federal funding for law enforcement to support these changes a real win for SUMA members. Enforcement support has been a major request for us throughout consultations. 
SUMA's Advocacy So Far
The federal Liberal party made legalization of recreational cannabis  part of their election platform in the 2015 election, and SUMA has been engaged on the file since consultations began in 2016:
  • Our contribution to the federal consultation was acknowledged in the final report
  • We sent joint letters with SARM to federal Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and provincial Justice Minister Gord Wyant on drug-impaired driving.
  • These letters were also followed up with in-person meetings with both ministers and our colleagues at SARM.
  • We raised the issue of municipal workplace safety and testing with Labour Relations and Workplace Safety Minister Don Morgan.
  • We attended a consultation meeting with the Minister of Government Relations, along with SARM and representatives for provincial government departments and individual municipalities. You may wish to review the memo and summary we received following this consultation. 
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) have also been actively engaged on this file. They recently released a primer on cannabis legalization, and their website includes plenty of information you may wish to reference. An FCM technical working group, which includes two SUMA staff members, is also preparing a document to help you prepare for legalization. We will share that document when it is available. 

If you have comments or information to share with SUMA to help our advocacy efforts, please contact Senior Policy Advisor Sean McKenzie
Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association (SUMA)
200-2222 13th Ave.
Regina, SK
S4P 3M7
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