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Policy Briefing: Health
The Liberals plan to push ahead with the July 2018 marijuana legalization deadline, but other MPs and Senators are concerned the legislation will leave too many questions unanswered. The Hill Times file photograph

Better to be done right than on time: Senate, opposition concerned about marijuana legalization deadline

The Liberals plan to legalize cannabis on or before July 1, 2018, but Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu, NDP health critic Don Davies, and Independent Senator André Pratte are concerned about public education, pardons, and whether police forces will be ready in time.
An ongoing external review of pan-Canadian health organizations thankfully focuses not only on money, but also on relationships.
Parliamentarians should also pass Bill S-228 to limit unhealthy food and drink marketing to kids.
Health Min. Ginette Petitpas Taylor is tasked with reducing Canadians' high drug prices, but industry stakeholders say it's more complicated than introducing a new national drug plan.
The Emergencies Act isn't intended for a crisis such as the opioids epidemic, experts say, but a new piece of legislation could categorize responses to better reflect its nature and address jurisdictional concerns.
Up to 3,000 Canadians could die this year from opioid use—an unacceptable death toll.
Mary Bartram, a Ph.D candidate at Carleton University, says the $5-billion over the next ten years outlined in the Health Accord is a step in the right direction, but doesn't come close filling the $3.1-billion mental health care funding gap.
They’ve indicated support for a bill to limit advertising of ‘unhealthy’ food and drink to kids, yet they have no problem rushing through marijuana legalization for recreational use, including for youth.
It is estimated that some 10 to 20 per cent of Canadians lack coverage for medicines they need.

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