The Federation of Canadian Municipalities recommended that all retailers that distribute cannabis be licensed similar to producers. To carry out this work, the Ministers of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Health (the Ministers) are creating a Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation (the Task Force). You will not receive a reply. Conduct ongoing data collection, including gathering baseline data, to monitor the impact of the new framework. In U.S. states where cannabis is legal, governments have aligned the minimum age at 21 for alcohol and cannabis consumption. The Task Force recommends that the wholesale distribution of cannabis be regulated by provinces and territories. Some substances may have controlled or illegal uses while others may have shamanic purposes, and still others are used medicinally. Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). Taxes could be adjusted over time to reflect changes in market conditions. (Eds.). The cannabis supply chain includes production (including cultivation and manufacturing), distribution and retail. In designing a system for the regulation of cannabis, we are creating a new industry. To what extent is variation across provinces and territories in terms of distribution models acceptable? We recognize that this work will take time and, in the interim, it is incumbent on the Government to take steps to ensure that both physicians and patients have access to clear, non-biased, non-promotional, evidence-based information to assist in decision-making. There should be a sufficient range of options available to patients in the future to easily access cannabis for their medical need. We also learned that many individuals have come to use cannabis for medical purposes after exhausting other conventional treatments and medications. The Task Force recognizes that the regulatory regimes for alcohol and tobacco continue to evolve. Perceived efficacy of cannabidiol-enriched cannabis extracts for treatment of pediatric epilepsy: A potential role for infantile spasms and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. He was awarded the 2010 Award for Clinical Research Achievement by the IACM. Some concerns were expressed in the online consultations and in the submissions by patient organizations about the limitations of the current medical cannabis regime and the affordability of products. The public education campaign should include messaging on the increased risks of using cannabis in combination with alcohol. (2014) Evaluation of Phytocannabinoids from High Potency Cannabis sativa using In Vitro Bioassays to Determine Structure-Activity Relationships for Cannabinoid Receptor 1 and Cannabinoid Receptor 2. This report is the result of a truly national collaboration, and we are proud to have been involved in it. We believe it is more appropriate to use the term cannabis when engaging in a serious discussion of the goals and features of a new regulatory system for legal access. To measure the impact of changes, governments will need to establish "baseline" indicators prior to legalization. Our analysis of the online responses reveals that opinions on this important question can be categorized into three groups, along a continuum of ease of access. (2010) From child maltreatment to adolescent cannabis abuse and dependence: a developmental cascade model Development and Psychopathology 22(4): 883-97. Many consultation participants in the online questionnaire offered the opinion that Canadaâs cannabis production and distribution systems should be shaped by market forces because competition is the best way to foster a regime with a wide range of high-quality products at affordable prices and to encourage innovation. In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to enact legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis for non-medical purposes. Governmental controls on manufacture, supply and prescription attempt to reduce problematic medical drug use. Journal of Forensic Science 45(1): 24-30. Marijuana has been prohibited in Canada since the 1920s and is listed as a controlled substance in Schedule II of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA). The Task Force is concerned by the reports of an increase of accidental ingestion by children in states where cannabis is legal. Substance abuse in Canada: The Effects of Cannabis Use during Adolescence. Compared to the Canadian population as a whole, consultation participants were much more likely to be male, English-speaking, living outside of Quebec (particularly in Ontario, British Columbia (BC) and Alberta), younger (i.e., much more likely to be between 18 and 34 years of age), and possessing a higher level of formal education with a university degree or professional accreditation. A complete list of all the organizations and individuals who provided submissions is included in Annex 3. Strict federal regulations will need to be implemented on the number of plants permitted per person and per household to ensure that large grow operations do not become prevalent.â. In contrast, with alcohol, there are no comparable national minimum standards set and federal regulatory oversight is mainly focused on labelling requirements. Some stakeholders expressed concern that, under a regulated, non-medical cannabis framework, the current security requirements would be unnecessarily strict, such as the requirement to keep security video recordings for two years. Canada has significant experience with cannabis use and cultivation. src/public/js/zxcvbn.js This package implements a content management system with security features by default. We explored the issue in remote corners of Canada as well as outside our borders. Yet current science is not definitive on a safe age for cannabis use, so science alone cannot be relied upon to determine the age of lawful purchase. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 109(40): E2657-64. If the primary objective is reducing the influence of the illegal market, higher-potency products should be permitted, but subject to escalating minimum price levels.â. Both military and civilian American intelligence official are known to have used psychoactive drugs while interrogating captives apprehended in its "war on terror". It has been a privilege to consult with so many people over the last five months, and we are deeply thankful to all those who provided their input, time and energy to us. In North America, 90% of adults consume caffeine daily.. In some ways the substances are comparable, being associated with factors such as impairment, dependence, health harms and widespread use. Child-resistant, opaque and re-sealable packaging. 2015 Aug 10. doi: 10.1002/dta.1839. This is a list of very well known drugs that are psychoactive. We also heard from law enforcement officials who observed similar issues in their work with "high-risk" individuals, including people who are homeless or mentally ill, and repeat offenders. Those who wrote about the use of criminal justice sanctions often linked this to one of three spheres of activity: 1) organized crime; 2) impaired driving; and 3) distribution to minors. Denver was cited as an example of where this approach has been implemented. Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Promotion, advertising and marketing restrictions, Cannabis-based edibles and other products, Chapter 3: Establishing a Safe and Responsible Supply Chain, Chapter 4: Enforcing Public Safety and Protection, Annex 1: Biographies of Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Members, Annex 4: Discussion Paper 'Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana', Annex 5: Executive Summary: Analysis of consultation input submitted to the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, Consumer Information--Cannabis (Marihuana, marijuana), Information for Health Care Professionals--Cannabis (marihuana, marijuana) and the cannabinoids, Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations, SOR/2013-119, Up to 6 plants â up to 3 mature â per adult (Maximum of 12 plants per residence â 6 being mature â in a single house or rental unit), Up to 6 plants â up to 3 mature â per adult, in a fully enclosed, locked space, Up to 6 plants â maximum of 3 mature â per adult, Indoor only â within the interior of a house or rental unit, 226 grams (only 28.5 g can be carried on the person), Graduate or professional university program, Provincial / Territorial / Municipal government, Set a national minimum age of purchase of 18, acknowledging the right of provinces and territories to harmonize it with their minimum age of purchase of alcohol, Apply comprehensive restrictions to the advertising and promotion of cannabis and related merchandise by any means, including sponsorship, endorsements and branding, similar to the restrictions on promotion of tobacco products, Allow limited promotion in areas accessible by adults, similar to those restrictions under the, Require plain packaging for cannabis products that allows the following information on packages: company name, strain name, price, amounts of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) and warnings and other labelling requirements, Impose strict sanctions on false or misleading promotion as well as promotion that encourages excessive consumption, where promotion is allowed, Require that any therapeutic claims made in advertising conform to applicable legislation, Resource and enable the detection and enforcement of advertising and marketing violations, including via traditional and social media, Prohibit any product deemed to be "appealing to children," including products that resemble or mimic familiar food items, are packaged to look like candy, or packaged in bright colours or with cartoon characters or other pictures or images that would appeal to children, Require opaque, re-sealable packaging that is childproof or child-resistant to limit children's access to any cannabis product, Implement packaging with standardized, single servings, with a universal THC symbol, Set a maximum amount of THC per serving and per product, Prohibit mixed products, for example cannabis-infused alcoholic beverages or cannabis products with tobacco, nicotine or caffeine. However, there were opinions on how any resulting revenues should be allocated. Additionally, both quantitative and qualitative data were compared with one another to achieve triangulation (Onwuegbuzie & Johnson, 2006). We heard repeatedly about the significant risks of co-use to public health and safety, especially with respect to driving (see the "Impaired Driving" section in Chapter 4), and that governments must do whatever they can to prevent it. Several jurisdictions have legalized marijuana for recreational purposes - including Uruguay and, in the U.S., Colorado, Alaska, Oregon, Washington and the District of Columbia. Summary of responses about restrictions on a variety of factors such as potency limits, types of products, amounts allowed, etc.. 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