Federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has released the Liberal government’s proposed cannabis regulations, opening the door to craft marijuana producers, allowing low-risk offenders to participate in the industry and offering some leeway on packaging.
Canadians have until January 20th to offer opinions either through an online questionnaire or by providing a written submission on the measures before they are implemented.
Here is the questionnaire: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-proposed-approach-regulation-cannabis.html
Friday, November 10th, the Liberal government released the details on taxation of marijuana. The plan would add an excise tax of $1 per gram or 10 per cent of the final retail price, whichever is higher, with the revenues to be divided equally between Ottawa and the provinces. GST will be also be applied to these sales. The government has also committed to consulting on this plan until December 7, 2017, that’s it!
Conservative Members of Parliament oppose the legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada. Most concerning is that Justin Trudeau’s bill does not keep marijuana out of the hands of children, eliminate organized crime or address issues with impaired driving. Instead of focusing on how many tax dollars he can squeeze out of his policy, Justin Trudeau needs to stop and listen instead to scientists, doctors, and law enforcement officials, all of whom say this plan is being rushed through without proper planning or consideration for the negative consequences of such complicated legislation. As a result of the Prime Minister’s mismanagement, provinces and municipalities will be forced to pay the massive upfront costs of implementing this ill-conceived plan.
“We still want to set the age at 21, and maybe 25, because the damage done to the brain will be permanent” (Dr. Laurent Marcoux, Canadian Medical Association, Standing Committee on Health, September 11, 2017).
“..if legislation is ready to go in July 2018, policing will not be ready to go August 1; it’s impossible. The damage that can be done between the time of new legislation and police officers being ready to enforce the law in six months or a year can make it very hard for us to ever regain that foothold.” – D/Commissioner Rick Barnum, Deputy Commissioner, Investigation and Organized Crime, Health Committee Testimony.
“…The lesson we learned from Colorado and Washington state was that you need to start [public education] now.We needed to start a year ago, quite frankly. There are some misconceptions out there about youth and drug-impaired driving and the dangers. Many haven’t seen the same risks they see with alcohol.” – D/Chief Mike Serr,Deputy Chief Constable, Drug Advisory Committee, Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Health Committee Testimony.
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