Article by David Brown, Lift News
Federal, provincial, and territorial ministers of agriculture concluded their annual conference recently, discussing numerous issues, including the pending legalization of cannabis in Canada.
In addition to cannabis, the meeting, which took place on July 20 and 21, 2017 in St John`s, Newfoundland and Labrador, brought together agricultural ministers to discuss international trade, a new $1.2 billion Strategic Innovation Fund, strengthening Canada’s agricultural regulatory framework, fostering indigenous agriculture in Canada, development of a food policy for Canada, and how labour issues are impacting the agricultural sector in Canada.
In regard to cannabis legalization, Ministers are said to have discussed Ottawa’s plan to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis, while identifying considerations for the agriculture sector. While short on details of what exactly was discussed, James Watson, the media relations officer for the public affairs branch of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, says ministers at the federal, provincial and territorial levels will continue to engage the federal government on the evolution of cannabis legalization, including how it can impact the hemp industry in Canada.
“Development of the legislative and regulatory framework continues and Health Canada, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Justice Canada continue to lead the process at the federal level,” Watson told Lift via email. “This includes the development of regulations for cannabis production and industrial hemp. Ongoing FPT engagement is expected to continue throughout the design and implementation of the legalization framework, including further AAFC FPT engagement to occur as the legislative and regulatory process progresses.”