As Health Minister Rona Ambrose made it clear that the Harper Government was not going to legalize marijuana, much less support municipalities regulating dispensaries.
However, as interim leader of the Conservative Party she seems to have accepted the new government will legalize marijuana, but is still insisting dispensaries are putting kids at risk.
Ambrose says there was evidence dispensaries were selling marijuana to minors, and because no one was regulating the product its contents were unknown.
When reminded that happened under a Conservative government, Ambrose says the problem was police weren’t doing their job.
“In other jurisdictions it didn’t happen so much, but here in Vancouver the decision was made locally at the municipal level to allow the dispensaries to move ahead. That was up to the municipal government.”
Ambrose still wants to see better regulations on marijuana dispensaries.
“I hope that the faster they move on this the better, because the proliferation of pot dispensaries is quite large…and they’re unregulated, so the sooner they can move on that the better to protect kids.”
Not tweeting anytime soon
She has distanced herself from Twitter due to its toxic atmosphere for politicians.
Rona Ambrose says the abuse she endured on Twitter just became too much.
“I made a conscious decision over two and a half years ago to stop looking at Twitter because it was so nasty and even violent at times and so toxic I thought what is the benefit?”
Ambrose says Twitter needs to make changes.
“It is so nasty especially for women in politics. I don’t know what will have to happen for that to change. I think part of it is the anonymity of Twitter that people can say what ever they want and not be held accountable.”
She says her staff keep an eye on her Twitter account but don’t use it much.