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Cannabis Q&A: Jane Fogal

Cannabis Q&A: Jane Fogal

1. Have you ever used Cannabis? And if so, what did you think of it?

Yes, I smoked marijuana one time with friends in 1973. I found it relaxing.




2. What is your current stance on Cannabis?

The reality is that it has been legalized for sale and use in Canada. It is new territory for all of us and I suspect there will be bumps in the road, some anticipated and others not. We will deal with the issues as they arise. Last week on Sept. 27th the Provincial Government introduced Bill 36 that gives us a much better idea about how the retailing of cannabis will be operationalized. It will be regulated by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission and businesses must apply for a licence and pass inspection. Minimum distances from schools will be set by the province. I am getting a better feel for the Province’s role and am feeling more comfortable about how this will be rolled out.




3. Would you vote for Halton Hills to opt in, or opt out, or wait to opt in of the new legislation?

The legislation has just been introduced but not passed. There is still opportunity for the Bill to be altered before it becomes law. However, if it passes in its current form then I think we should opt in.


4. What is your opinion on Cannabis vs. Alcohol? Do you find one substance to be better, more harmful, or equal?

Both substances have the potential for abuse. It is my understanding that cannabis use is particularly dangerous for youth up until the age of about 24 because the brain is still developing. There are also problem of screening for cannabis use when on the job or when driving. Alcohol is of course also forbidden on the job or when driving but it is easier to detect and the means of screening is more advanced. I know that our Medical Officer of Health is concerned with the use of cannabis and that this will be the subject of reports to Regional Council which oversees public health in Halton. That being said, I believe both alcohol and cannabis can be used safely for recreational use when the user is guided by moderation.

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