Feds launch pot legalization task force

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OTTAWA – The federal government is launching a task force to study the legalization and regulation marijuana use.

Ottawa has committed to introducing legislation on the legalization of pot in the spring of 2017.

The task force is made up of experts in public health, substance abuse, law enforcement and justice.

It will be chaired by former Liberal public safety minister Anne McLellan.

The group plans to meet with provincial, territorial and municipal governments over the coming weeks and months.

The government will also hold a online public consultation that will be open until the end of August.