Legalizing marijuana a low priority for Liberals judging by justice minister's briefing book

OTTAWA — Don’t hold your breath for the legalization of marijuana to happen any time soon. The 415-page briefing book prepared for Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has the Liberal campaign pot pledge on page 410.

Obtained under access to information laws, the heavily-redacted briefing lays out priorities for Wilson-Raybould’s first 100 days in office.

Beyond an overview of the 5,000-employee department and her basic ministerial responsibilities, there are mundane background notes on several national and international meetings she is expected to attend, a primer on appointments and vacancies she will need to fill, departmental and financial administration items and talking points (redacted) for a courtesy call with U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

Meatier issues start on page 366.

There’s a note explaining how she will be asked to sign a three-year pact with the provinces and territories for the federally-led Aboriginal Justice Strategy, supporting community alternatives to the mainstream justice...

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