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It seems to me far better to regulate marijuana to sell it in a controlled environment so that the government can put appropriate precautions and regulations in so that it’s not sold to children, and also so that we’re also provided with assurances that organized crime can’t get their filthily hands on this”

William ‘Bill’ Blair – candidate for Liberal nomination in Scarborough-Southwest riding

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Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair Legalization Is The Way Forward

POT TV – Bill Blair shares Justin Trudeau’s view on legalizing marijuana. “I’ve had some great conversations with the Liberals and with Mr. Trudeau. I think legalization, as long it’s coupled with regulation, is the way forward,” The Conservatives have condemned Trudeau’s stance, but Blair said the current laws have done little to keep marijuana out of the hands of young people or organized crime from profiting from its sale.

Bill Blair is jumping into federal politics after a decade-long tenure as Toronto police chief and intends to run as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Scarborough Southwest. The recruitment of Blair is a coup for Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and a boost for the Liberals in Toronto and across the country, given the profile of the former police chief, a senior party official told the Star.

Blair shares Trudeau’s view on legalizing marijuana saying “The decision to sell marijuana to a 14-year-old is often made by a gangster behind some apartment building,” Blair said. “In my conversations with Mr. Trudeau, I felt there was a tremendous alignment in our values,” Blair said. “It really for me articulated some of the things I really believe in and the things that I think make communities safer and more livable,” Blair said.

Article source Pot TV

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CBC to Bill Blair How do you feel about legalizing marijuana?

Former Toronto police chief seeking federal Liberal nomination in the riding of Scarborough Southwest
http://www.cbc.ca/player/News/Canada/Toronto/ID/2665424490/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkOyvV-j780bill-blair-legalize-marijuana

 

Bill Blair wants to run for Liberals in fall election

Bill Blair is jumping into federal politics after a decade-long tenure as Toronto police chief and intends to run as the Liberal candidate in the riding of Scarborough Southwest.

 By: Bruce Campion-Smith Ottawa Bureau, Published on Sat Apr 25 2015

He shares Trudeau’s view on legalizing marijuana. The Conservatives have condemned Trudeau’s stance, but Blair said the current laws have done little to keep marijuana out of the hands of young people or organized crime from profiting from its sale.

“The decision to sell marijuana to a 14-year-old is often made by a gangster behind some apartment building,” Blair said.

“I think legalization, as long it’s coupled with regulation, is the way forward,” he said.

Blair brings an expertise in the obvious areas of law and order, justice and national security.

But during a lengthy conversation with the Star, he put an equal focus on what he says are other essential elements to a successful city — diversity, investment and opportunity for young people, which he says are vital to tackling issues such as poverty, discrimination and crime.

“I’ve said many times — I don’t think you can arrest your way out of some of the very complicated social problems that our communities face,” he said.

Article source Toronto Star

Extended interview: Bill Blair on running for Liberals

Sun, Apr 26: Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair comments on why he decided to run for the Liberal nomination for the next federal election.

Video source Global News

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