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Premiers fear ‘patchwork’ marijuana legalization

Canada's premiers want to see quick action from Ottawa on marijuana legalization.
Canada's premiers want to see quick action from Ottawa on marijuana legalization. Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press

WHITEHORSE – Premiers say they want quick action from the federal government on the legalization of marijuana.

Speaking before the start of their annual meeting in Whitehorse, several provincial leaders say they want Ottawa to move on the issue to prevent a patchwork of enforcement and distribution.

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Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he plans to raise the issue at the meeting.

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He says several premiers have expressed informal concerns to him.

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British Columbia Premier Christy Clark says she wants to see federal laws so her province can focus on safety.

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Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall says he wants to ensure consistent enforcement across Canada.