The Alberta government is reminding people to fill out an online survey to express their opinions on the legalization of cannabis.
Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said that more than 35,000 surveys have been filled out so far.
“We’re excited that this had good uptake so far. I think the more input we can get the better just to ensure that we are doing our best job to reflect the views of Albertans,” said Ganley. “So, it’s still open until the 31 of July so I would encourage everyone to participate.”
The survey takes about half an hour to complete and asks questions from six different categories.
“It’s going to depend on a couple of different things. It’ll depend on some of the decisions we make and how restrictive it is and who’s doing the sale of it,” explained Ganley. “So, a lot of that is going to depend on what feedback we get back from our survey and then hopefully we’ll have more to say on it in the fall in terms of what we heard and where we’re going generally.”
The survey’s categories include Alberta’s cannabis objectives, setting a legal age, road and workplace safety, economic implications, using cannabis in public and purchasing cannabis in Alberta.
Ganley says they are using the survey to ensure that the province’s cannabis laws can accurately represent Albertans when they come into place in July of 2018.
“It’s definitely coming and it’s coming quite quickly, and so I think that all Albertans should take an interest in the society that they live in and be willing to sort of share those opinions and share their thoughts in order to make sure that we can create a province that is reflective of the values of all Albertans.”
The survey can be found on the Alberta government’s website until July 31 at 4 p.m.