Provinces overwhelmed with practicalities of ending pot prohibition

In this June 26, 2015 file photo, different varieties of marijuana flowers are displayed at medical marijuana dispensary Kaya Shack in Portland, Ore. (AP/Gosia Wozniacka, File)

By Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press, May 14, 2017 

OTTAWA — Provinces have been protesting the large volume of work and heavy costs they say the Trudeau government has piled on them in its rush to legalize recreational cannabis across Canada by next year.

So far, however, the small province of New Brunswick has been taking the high road.

Unlike other members of the federation, New Brunswick isn’t pressing for federal compensation to cover the bills of pot legalization, nor is it in a particular scramble to draw up the plans, the province’s health minister said.

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