Area residents looking for information on the federal government’s recent Cannabis Act tabled in the House of Commons legalizing and regulating marijuana are invited to a town hall meeting hosted by Elgin-Middlesex-London MP Karen Vecchio on Thursday, June 15.
The meeting is scheduled between 7-8:30 p.m. and is being held at the CASO Station in St. Thomas.
Taking the form of a panel discussion, a number of local experts, including defence lawyer Lisa Gunn and Dr. Chris Mackie, medical officer of health and CEO for the Middlesex London Health Unit, will each be making a short statement before answering questions to help dispel some of the misconceptions surrounding the bill. Also taking part in the discussion will be representatives in the field of addictions and family counseling as well as the St. Thomas police.
“We recognize there has been a bill brought forward to the House of Commons, I think it’s really important that the public has a voice on this,” said Vecchio. “I’ve heard from many people that it should be legalized, but they see aspects of the bill that need to be tightened or changed.
“We really just need to make sure we get this legislation right — that’s the bottom line. I think there are a few hiccups with it, but I want to hear what the public has to say. It’s not really up to 338 members when it’s going to be affecting 33 million people. We need to make sure it’s done properly.”
Vecchio hopes to be able to take any good ideas or suggestions that might come out of the town hall and put them forward to both the ministers of justice and health.
The meeting is open to the public and no registration is required.