Alistair asks the government to clarify its stance on marijuana legalization

Mr. Alistair MacGregor (Cowichan—Malahat—Langford, NDP): Mr. Speaker, yesterday the member for Scarborough Southwest bizarrely accused opposition members of confusion around marijuana laws, before he stirred the pot, once again, by saying: “...the only control that is in place is the current criminal sanction for the production and trafficking of marijuana...”

     The Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada seems to be telling Canadians that possession of marijuana is now legal. No wonder Canadians and law enforcement officials are confused.

    Can the parliamentary secretary now clear the haze and clarify his government's position on marijuana?

    Mr. Bill Blair (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, let me be very clear that the laws of Canada are in effect. Respect for the rule of law is a foundational principle of both this House and of our nation. Until laws are changed by this House, the law is the law is the law.

    We have been clear that we have resolved to improve the controls of access to marijuana through strict regulation. However, until a new and stronger regulatory regime can be put in place, we must rely on all existing laws to protect our communities and keep our communities safe.

    I would remind the member once again that the law is the law is the law.