Ottawa to Spend $4.1 Million on Cannabis Education Campaigns in Toronto

Article by Canadian Press via Toronto Star

Ottawa to Spend $4.1 Million on Cannabis Education Campaigns in Toronto The Ontario government has said it will sell recreational cannabis online when it is legalized on Oct. 17, with private retail stores set to be in place by April next year. (LARS HAGBERG / AFP/GETTY IMAGES) The provincial PC government promised a zero-tolerance policy with "severely escalating fines" for private pot retailers operating in illicit markets on the side.

The federal government says it will spend $4.1 million on three cannabis-related public education campaigns aimed at youth in Toronto.

John Oliver, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of health, announced the funding as part of Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.

Oliver says the program will help educate young people about the health effects of cannabis and the dangers of drug-impaired driving.
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Three Toronto-based organizations — Operation Springboard, the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, and St. Stephen’s Community House — will receive the funding over the next three years.

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