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The Honourable Anne McLellan, Chair of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, and Dr. Mark Ware, Vice Chair, released a statement today on the completion of the Task Force’s work.
“It has been an honour for us, along with the other members of the Task Force, to have had the opportunity to engage with Canadians across the country who generously shared their expertise and perspectives on how the government should approach the legalization and regulation of cannabis.
We are pleased to announce that the Task Force has completed our work. Our work has been guided by the Discussion Paper, “Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana.” To fulfill our mandate, we sought the views of a diverse community of experts, professionals, advocates, front-line workers, government officials, citizens and employers. It has been a privilege to engage with so many people over the last five months, and we are thankful to all those who provided their input, time and energy.
“Our report is now being translated, and will be provided to Ministers and the public once it is available in both official languages. Translation is expected to be complete in mid-December. The final report will then be received by Ministers and posted online at Canada.ca/Health. At that time, we will be pleased to speak to its content.”
The Task Force was announced in June of this year with the intention of engaging the public. The seven member panel, plus the Chair and Vice Chair, come from a variety of backgrounds including cannabis research, law enforcement, and public health. The Task Force met with stakeholders from across Canada for several months, including leaders from all levels of government, activists, patients, law enforcement, public health experts and others. One Task Force member even made a long visit to Canada’s oldest medical cannabis compassion club, which was reportedly a moving experience for all involved.