Former Chretien cabinet minister Anne McLellan to head panel on marijuana legalization

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Courtesy of National Post

OTTAWA — The Liberal government has tapped former cabinet minister Anne McLellan to head a long-awaited task force that will examine the best way to legalize marijuana, the Ottawa Citizen has learned.

The task force will be unveiled before Parliament breaks for the summer, sources have confirmed, and report to Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief and current parliamentary secretary who is the Trudeau government’s point person on marijuana.

It will consult experts and others on a framework for the proposed legislation, including how to regulate and tax the drug. The panel will be asked to report back by the first week of November, sources say, as the government hopes to table its legislation in the spring.

The decision to have McLellan lead the effort is being applauded, given her unique experience in previous Liberal governments from 1993 to 2006. During that time, she served as minister of justice