Article by David Brown, Lift News
The Standing Committee on Health has recently posted briefs provided to them in regard to their upcoming analysis of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, the government’s marijuana legalization legislation.
On August 9th, six briefs were posted on ourcommons.ca, three from private citizens, one from a hydroponics company, one from Ontario Public Health and one from the Western Convenience Store Association.
Briefs are written submissions by the public. The Standing Committee on Health has given the public until Friday, August 18 to provide written submission to the committee for them to consider as they look at the Cannabis Act.
Some submissions expressed skepticism with the development of what they call a government monopoly on cannabis or with inheriting problems from the existing medical cannabis program, while another expressed health concerns in relation to legalization in general. One submission, from JB Hydroponics, calls for the creation of a new recreational system separate from the existing medical program and the purchasing of community farms by the government to help small farmers.
Input from Ontario Public Health, probably the most thorough, calls for prohibiting cannabis products that are enticing to kids, a minimum age of 21, developing public health campaigns and addressing concerns with impaired driving, training of staff, and the expansion of the regulations to include a “wider variety of marijuana products” including edibles, concentrates, and tinctures, among many other suggestions.
The Western Convenience Stores’ submissions says convenience stores should be allowed to sell cannabis products, allowing for local markets and rules. The organization represents 7,000 retailers and 50,000 Canadians working in convenience stores across Western Canada.
To see how to submit a brief, follow this link.