Article by Mike O, Cannabis Life Network
On Jun. 27th, Health Canada announced new regulations in support of the Cannabis Act, which received Royal Assent last week and is scheduled to come into effect on Oct. 17, 2018.
As always, the government says that one of its top priorities is protecting the health and safety of Canadians and the regulations will cover both cannabis and industrial hemp.
In its announcement Health Canada detailed that the regulations are built on the best practices rules of licensed producers and mentions the timeline of the public consultations over the past few years that helped get us to this point. This includes the one conducted by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation back in 2016 which drew almost 30,000 responses from the public and the government’s own consultation in 2017 which received just over 3500 responses.
As federal Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor said,
“We’ve taken a public health approach to the legalization and strict regulation of cannabis to ensure that proper precautions are in place to protect Canadians, especially youth. The Cannabis Act and its regulations provide strict national standards and oversight for the production, distribution and sale of legal, quality-controlled cannabis, which will help protect public health and safety.”