Article by David Brown, Lift News
The Standing Committee on Health has begun posted the schedule for their discussion of Bill-C45 beginning on Sept 11. The Committee has set aside two and four hour blocks to discuss these thirteen topics, depending on the number of witnesses, with at least some topics taking up several two hour time blocks.
Day one of the meetings, Sept 11, will cover federal, provincial and territorial responsibilities and justice and public safety, with the committee hearing from officials from the departments of Health, Justice and Public Safety, as well as from individuals like former task force chair and vice chair Ann McLellan and Dr Mark Ware, the president and CEO of Canadian Pharmacists Association, the president and CEO of the Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management, and more.
Day two of the meetings will continue on justice and public safety, then move on to other jurisdictions’ experiences, hearing from the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, and the Saskatoon Police Service, as well as legal experts like Neil Boyd, professor of criminology at Simon Fraser University and Paul-Mathieu Grondin, president of the Quebec Bar. Several witnesses will be appearing via teleconference.
Other topics to be discussed later in the week are household cultivation of plants, age for legal possession and impact on young Canadians, prevention, treatment, low risk use, workplace safety, indigenous communities, labelling and packaging, edible products, medicinal marijuana, municipalities, and international considerations.
No specific time limit for discussion has been set, although only five days of discussion are currently expected. Hearings will be televised and available online.
Briefs are also available online from various individuals and stakeholders. Currently there are 75 briefs posted online.