Bill Blair says he wants to talk to you about pot.

The Canadian Department of Justice sent out a press release last week announcing that Toronto’s former top cop and current cannabis czar has started a cross-country tour to discuss legalization and regulation.

Blair will be meeting with “Canadians and various stakeholders on the government’s commitment to legalizing, strictly regulating and restricting access to cannabis.”

Where exactly Blair will be conducting these meetings remains unknown. According to David Taylor, the justice minister’s director of communications, Blair will be in somewhere in Western Canada this week, but the itinerary hasn’t yet been finalized or available to the public.

I look forward to meeting with Canadians from across the country to hear their perspectives on regulating access to legal cannabis,” said Blair in the press release. “We know that the current system of prohibition through the criminal justice system is not protecting the health and safety of Canadians, especially our young people. These meetings, along with the work of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation and the online consultations, will help inform the development of legislation to be introduced in Parliament this spring.”

As the former chief of the Toronto Police from 2005 until 2015, he was in charge when an untold number of people were charged with cannabis-related criminal offenses. Blair held several meetings last week in Ontario that, based on his Twitter account, were well-attended by law enforcement officials.

New regulations in Canada generally have to go through public consultations as part of the regulatory process. Making sure citizens have a theoretical say in developing or modifying rules is part of the process of introducing new legislation. The federal Liberal government has promised to introduce legislation by this spring that will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis. The government’s focus so far has been on restricting access to people under 19, removing profits from organized crime, and building regulations around how cannabis is grown, produced, and sold.

Blair, the MP for Scarborough Southwest, was named head of the task force last year.

  • bob

    another pile of shit form this man..no idea where he will be. available. for meetings..just a hi payed beauracrap. traveling around???..he will certainly know who he needs to see to get the feedback he desires..but will probably not have to encounter anyone with a issue that needs to addressed..like mothers with epileptic children …ahhh shit. such a waste of time discussing these self serving useless twits

    I guess he does not have a way to get money from the bigLP.s. like mcmoron and now the doctor who just got a big deal with canopy so instead he will just spend some taxpayers money gathering information they need to do justify a postponement for a couple more years…
    we need such a change in our dysfunctional system that seperation from the east. is our only hope…Canada has a chance to do a Wonderfull thing here and it is not going to happen because of this type of people with agendas. of their own not to do the right thing

    • Robert Wright

      No argument from me bob I live in rural Ontario I want to separate from Toronto and Ottawa those are the a$$holes that voted for Wynne and helped vote Trudeau in.
      Politicians are the same everywhere they are all total pieces of excrement I don’t think they were born they crawled out the bottom of a porta-potty.

      • bob

        you should. move further west…

  • bob

    hahaha. they have done such good job on all their concerns. that we can rest easy they will make new regulations..pot growers are not organized crime..the government is but not so organized either…

  • Lori

    The biggest Prohibitionist around and that’s who they send to talk to Canadians about legalizing Cannabis. His Task Farce(not typo) completely ignored help from the 420 community on understanding the issues and we are still no farther ahead legalizing this plant recreationally. Bill Blair does not have an open mind on this issue and will only preach more “save the children” and ” remove criminal black market” rhetoric. These so called town hall meetings should be for people that smoke Pot instead of inviting the people who are not effected by these laws for 40 years to be giving their 2cents worth.
    This so called criminal market(ie, hard working farmers) has been supplying me with quality Cannabis for decades, why would I trust the Government to know more than these experts. Licensed Producers already selling tainted weed and Liberals still pointing at Dispensaries as the evil wrong. As a consumer I know where I want my smoke coming from and I will never buy Government sanctioned pot. But this is what Liberals do at Town Hal Socials, make Canadians believe they actually care and are listening, spend millions doing that and then continue along their own path anyway. I have been waiting for decriminalization for 40 years and thats all I want. People need to be left alone for now and not treated as criminals until the Liberals sort it out, which will take years I am guessing…..sending someone like Bill Blair to wipe up their mess just shows how out of touch this government really is….

    • bob

      thanks for your support.. as a grower for 50 years now. we are able to grow top quality product and have every batch tested. which is not expensive..but seems so for these million dollar. operations that prefer to bribe and correct our government officials to stay in business..

      I resent this crap. very. very. much..I was in the meetings where we told the minister and all her minions what should be happening..they spent hours taking down all the information which they have obviously not. utilized in anyway…

      these self saving ignorant assholes. have no desire to do anything but pass the buck and wait for inflated pensions..we need. to completely ignore them and move forward ourselves.

      • Lori

        Bob, people like you have had to stay so hidden due to the nature of the plant you grow and its high time you received some recognition. It must be hard creating some awesome strains and not be able to share and impress EVERYONE you know. Canadian Pot Farmers have taken these genetics to a whole new level with CBD strains and oh some of these chronic Indicas(yum yum) It just keeps getting better and better.
        My sincere appreciation for all you do for the rest of Canada! Your struggle for our mobilization of this Canadian industry is a slippery slope with the Liberals slithering every which way and as usual no solid plan. With dispensaries opening every week across the land and so many quality MOM’s(my choice) now available there is too much in place to just quit. The innovations last year alone for industry concentrates, edibles etc. is phenomenal and far too sophisticated for Government to keep up. I will always support Canadian Farmers growing product I can feel good about purchasing from like minded Canadians. So much tax money could be collected from the sale of Cannabis and here we are still busting people….its a disgrace…….cheers to you!!!!

        • bob

          thanks..we are in the process now of setting our product line up and we will. be going online marketing soon..we specialize in. chocolate edibles of a wide variety and I now am making LIVE RESIN. which we are very pleased with…
          it is fun to fine tune things and hope one day we can stand proud ..
          be careful many questionable people out there now trying to cash in.

      • Robert Wright

        I would just like to grow my own for personäl use without wonðering when the cops are going to kick my door down and without having to get a license or report to some government agency.
        They let the LP’s police themselves so surely they could trust us citizens to grow our own I am sure as hell not going to poison myself .

        • bob

          sadly the opinion of the beauracraps is that we are incapable of looking after ourselves ..without them we would all die

          I actually have had 2 of them say that to me…..assholes….cannot even tie their own shoes most of them..but they have a Lot of free time to sit around and convince themselves how important they are

          cannot wait till the restaurants have no food to sell then they will all die..ahahah

  • Tom B

    Several things the government is forgetting. The kids are already buying it, as much as they want. Restriction and prohibition enforce the demand for the criminal, or illegal side of things. Prohibition has never worked in history and has only served to create and strengthen the criminal elements. Always.
    Blair is a prohibitionist going around talking to police chiefs. Look instead to countries where drugs were completely decriminalized and see what their results have been.

    • bob

      you really expect them to do something to reduce their. yearly. income??? prohibition works for them..more work..create criminals. and voila. job guarantee…..

  • bob

    see the little piggies in their starch white shirts
    haha the Beatles

    I am sure he will talk to none who knows anything so his opinion is worth nothing to us..

  • bob

    hahah proper words are

    ”have you seen the bigger piggies in there starched white shirts
    they don’t care what goes on around
    in their eyes there is something lacking
    what they need is a damn good whacking”’

    hard to say it better ..my Favourite Beatle George Harrison

  • bob

    THEORETICAL SAY??????FUCK THEM….. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE LETS SEPARATE FROM THESE ????????????…SORRY DO NOT HAVE THE VOCABULARY TO DESCRIBE THEM AND I HAVE A LARGE ONE BUT THEY HAVE GONE OUTSIDE ”THE PALE”’….