Legalizing marijuana 'very positive' for taxpayers: B.C. Liberal report

Liberal MP Joyce Murray speaks to the media in Ottawa Nov 26, 2012 as she launched her bid for...

Liberal MP Joyce Murray speaks to the media in Ottawa Nov 26, 2012 as she launched her bid for candidacy for the Leadership of the Liberal Party of Canada. Andre Forget/QMI Agency

Jessica Murphy, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 6:57 PM ET

OTTAWA - There's a pot industry ready to grow if the drug is legalized, an internal policy paper by the B.C. branch of the federal Liberals says.

The draft report - released in January to stimulate discussion on legalizing marijuana among Liberal members and MPs - highlights the drug's economic potential for creating jobs across the country in everything from tourism to retail.

"The economic impact of legalizing marijuana in Canada would be very positive for the government and taxpayers," the report states.


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