Article by Harold Carmichael, The Sudbury Star
Public Health Sudbury & District is getting inquiries from businesses and organizations about the legalization of cannabis on Oct. 17, as it also gets the message out to youth about the risks of using the drug.
“Many institutions have already reached out to us for assistance and for help in policy development,” said Anik Proulx, manager of the health unit’s Health Promotion Division, in an update about cannabis that she delivered to the health unit board Thursday.
Those institutions and organizations, said Proulx, include the three local post-secondary institutions (College Boreal, Cambrian College and Laurentian University), which are looking for assistance relating to messaging and their own policies, and the City of Greater Sudbury concerning policy and training.
Proulx’s presentation dealt with the fact that on Oct. 17, the federal government, through Bill C-45, will legalize recreational marijuana use in Canada.
In Ontario, the former Wynne government had planned to allow cannabis sales through a government organization – Cannabis Ontario – which would see purchases made online and the product delivered.
The new Progressive Conservative government of Premier Doug Ford, however, plans to allow for private sector sales likely in the new year. When private sector sales start, Cannabis Ontario will supply those businesses with cannabis.