Doctors’ Group Wants Health Canada, Not Industry, to Design Marijuana Labelling

Article by CBC News

Doctors' group wants Health Canada, not industry, to design marijuana labelling Product labels a key way to educate consumers, especially young people, about the risks of pot, CMA says The Canadian Press. A budtender displays cannabis for sale at a dispensary. (David McNew/Getty)

A group representing Canada’s doctors says designing marijuana packaging should be left to federal officials and public health experts, not cannabis producers and distributors.

The Canadian Medical Association said Monday that product labelling is an important way to educate consumers, especially young people, about the risks of using marijuana.

The association is also urging Ottawa to apply the same standards to marijuana as it does to prescription medication and prohibit health claims that are not backed by research.

“Ensuring that health products are safe and effective must be a key component of any regulations on cannabis,” said the group’s president, Dr. Laurent Marcoux.

“This is why we believe rigorous scientific evidence is needed to support claims of health benefits and to identify potential risks and adverse reactions.”

Health Canada applies different levels of scrutiny to prescription drugs than it does to non-prescription medication, natural health products, cosmetics and medical devices — a fact the medical association says is not widely understood.

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