An Expert Panel preliminary report that recently was submitted to members of Trudeau’s Liberal Party cabinet, as per Blacklock’s Reporter, stated that legalizing marijuana did not stop the black-market sale of the drug or keep kids safe from drug dealers pushing it on them.

“One of the key goals of legalization was to protect the health and safety of Canadians,” noted the report, saying the claim at the time was “to keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth and profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.”

The report noted that many people who were engaged in the panel “expressed concern that rates of cannabis use among youth in Canada remain high compared to other jurisdictions and that legalization has not led to a discernible decrease in youth cannabis use.”

The Expert Panel was made up of a multitude of university professors along with the former Trudeau Foundation CEO Morris Rosenberg, a criminal lawyer, and a First Nations member from Manitoba’s Fisher River Cree Nation.

The panel report follows over 90 hearings held across Canada with First Nations, police, medical personnel and marijuana producers regarding the legalization of the drug. A final report is due on March 24, 2024.

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