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Health Canada adding staff, launches new branch, in preparation for legal pot

By Jolson Lim      

To deal with its new cannabis oversight duties, Health Canada created a cannabis legalization and regulation branch.

Health Canada has been tasked with overseeing cannabis producers under the federal government's marijuana legalization framework. A marijuana growing facility in Smith Falls, Ont. run by Tweed Inc., now Canopy Growth, is pictured. The Hill Times file photograph
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Health Canada is taking the lead on the marijuana file in Ottawa in advance of the summer deadline for legalization, overseeing product licensing and regulations, quality monitoring, health research, and public education.  In preparation, the department is transforming significantly, according to experts and a former Liberal health minister, adding new inspectors and staff to deal with backlogged licensing applications and increased service demands, and creating the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch to handle its new marijuana-related functions.  “Will there be more

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