Article byGlobal News
As the government moves closer to legalizing pot, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) has released a report this week outlining strict rules when it comes to where marijuana is used and how it is marketed and distributed.
The report suggests if cannabis becomes legal, there should be a ‘zero-tolerance’ policy when it comes to using in a vehicle. That would apply to both drivers and passengers.
The CMHA also suggests restricted marketing be in place for pot, akin to how tobacco is advertised. The report calls for the minimum age to purchase marijuana to be set at 19 and for distributors to take an educational course similar to Ontario’s smart-serve course for bartenders and others working with alcohol.
“We want a knowledgeable consumer and we want to make sure that people selling [marijuana] and distributing it have the information they need,” said Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario.
The association recommends revenue from pot sales be put towards mental health and addictions services, public awareness campaigns, enforcement and research.
“We think a healthy investment would go a long way to helping people make the best choice for themselves,” Quenneville said.
Jennawae McLean, co-owner of 420 Kingston, is herself a medical marijuana user. While she’s pleased the government is moving closer to legalizing pot, she doesn’t agree with the CMHA report.