Article by David Brown, Lift News
A tobacco company representative is calling for more strict packaging rules for legal cannabis, according to an article today in the Lobby Monitor (subscription required).
Eric Gagnon, head of external and corporate affairs at Imperial Tobacco told the Monitor that he is concerned that the rules being discussed with the Liberal’s Cannabis Act, Bill C-45 are, not as strict as those regulations being discussed in Bill S-5, an Act to amend the Tobacco Act.
The Tobacco Act regulates many aspects of the tobacco industry, including vaporizing and use of the word ‘cannabis’ in tobacco product marketing.
“Our argument is to say: why isn’t the government using the same language for Bill S-5 as it is for C-45?,” Gagnon told the Monitor.
Many in the cannabis industry have argued that branding is needed for legal companies to distinguish themselves from illicit producers and sellers. Without this distinction, the government’s goal of taking supply from the black market will not succeed, they say.
Cannabis Canada, an industry association made up of medical cannabis producers, has said that branding helps consumers make informed decisions about the products they consume.