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Government falling behind on cannabis public education, say critics

By Emily Haws      

Health Canada says its national education advertising campaign is set to launch in the spring, but critics warn it should have been in place months ago to make sure youth are prepared for July 1's cannabis legalization.

Cannabis enthusiasts take part in 4/20 in Parliament Hill, an annual day in celebration of the plant. The government plans to legalize cannabis on July 1, 2018, but critics are concerned the spring 2018 implementation date for the national marijuana public education advertising campaign will not be enough time to educate the public of the risks. The Hill Times file photograph
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Health Canada says it will launch a national public education advertising campaign on cannabis in the spring, though critics say it should have already been in place in order to educate the public ahead of the July 1 legalization deadline. The impaired driving campaign run by Public Safety,“Don't Drive High", has been popping up in social media feeds since November. The education campaign run by Health Canada, will focus on federal laws as well as the health impacts

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