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Policy Briefing: Cannabis
Governments have the chance to show that they can regulate controlled substances according to principles of public health and safety rather than by reflecting stigma or trying to maximize revenue generation.
The feds haven’t done enough to rein in the black market or mount strong public education campaigns.
The federal government attributes issues with the new legal cannabis supply chain to local problems with distribution and retail.
Minister Bill Blair talks about the federal government's goals for cannabis policy in 2019, draft regulations on edibles, privacy concerns, and expungement.
News|Neil Moss
Proposed regulations published on Dec. 20 include a ban on products needing refrigeration and separating food and pot production.
The government hasn’t put enough effort into public-education campaigns, and won’t push for more stringent employer drug-testing. That puts Canadians at risk.
FCM is calling for federal leadership to ensure municipalities have the financial tools to fully put in place federal cannabis policy.
A great deal of medical research shows the long-term ill effects of under-age marijuana use.
Opinion|Trina Fraser
They’re violating the personal dignity of patients by imposing a ‘sin tax’ on their medicine.
By legalizing, strictly regulating, and restricting access to cannabis, we are better protecting the health and safety of Canadians and seeking to displace the illegal market.
Like any other business venture, criminal groups, far from being eradicated, learn and adapt.
The benefits of legal and controlled recreational weed outweigh prohibition, but the effects on vulnerable populations and the environment should be taken into account.
If caught, an intoxicated Canadian could have their licence suspended and pay a fine, but a permanent resident could face deportation.
Opinion|Simon Somogyi
Legalization’s impact on our food system should be troubling to us all.

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