In an effort to bring greater clarity to the confusion surrounding the federal government’s recent legalization of cannabis, Essex MP Tracey Ramsey held a meeting in her constituency office today. Ramsey brought together the Director General of Licensing and Medical Access with the Legalization and Regulation Branch of Health Canada and local police, first responders and regional Mayors & Deputy Mayors from all 7 major municipalities in Windsor/Essex including Essex, LaSalle, Amherstburg, Kingsville, Lakeshore, Tecumseh and Windsor.

“Because of the high level of questions over the changes in Canada’s cannabis laws, the different levels of government involved and the number of constituents and local officials who have approached my office requesting clarity, I felt it necessary to hold this meeting to start a productive dialogue,” said Ramsey. “I want to ensure that our law enforcement, first responders and municipal representatives have the best and most up-to-date information to understand these new laws,” said Ramsey.

Shortly before the cannabis legislation passed federally into law, Ramsey’s office was overwhelmed with questions from many constituents and local authorities. In response, Ramsey contacted the Minister of Health, Ginette Petitpas-Taylor, inviting her to meet with key, local stakeholders. Unfortunately, the Minister did not commit to a meeting but after further insistence and communications, Ramsey was promised a meeting with a high ranking department official.

“This meeting was a good first step, to open the lines of communication necessary to protect people in Windsor/Essex. The Health Canada representatives provided us with concrete information on our current situation and regulations. I am thankful to everyone from our communities who came today, shared their concerns and made this meeting productive.” concluded Ramsey.