On Nov. 21, Health Canada launched a public consultation on the proposed approach to federal regulations under the proposed Cannabis Act. It includes, among other things, the licensing of cannabis cultivation and processing, as well as standards for products, packaging and labelling.
This is another important step toward meeting our commitment to legalizing and strictly regulating the sale of cannabis by July 2018.
We want a system that will better protect the health and safety of Canadians. A system that will enable a diverse, competitive legal industry comprising both large and small players across the country.
Public education is our top priority. We want to make sure that Canadians, especially youth, have the information they need to make informed decisions.
On packaging, we are proposing:
- to make all products tamper-evident and child-resistant;
- to limit the use of colours and graphics that would appeal to youth; and
- to include mandatory health warnings similar to those on tobacco products
On licences, permits and authorizations, we are proposing to put in place a system that would:
- enable a diverse, competitive legal industry that would include both large and small players;
- reduce the risk that organized crime would infiltrate the legal industry; and
- make sure that cannabis products meet high-quality standards.
- We look forward to hearing the views of Canadians from across the country throughout Health Canada’s 60-day public consultation on the regulation of cannabis. To ensure a comprehensive consultation process, we will be engaging provinces and territories, Indigenous representatives, and stakeholders.
All Canadians and interested stakeholders are invited to share their views on the proposed regulatory approach online until January 19, 2018.
- Backgrounder – Highlights of the Proposed Regulatory Framework for Cannabis
- Infographic: Supply chain for the commercial production and sale of cannabis
- Infographic: Proposed requirements for cultivation, processing, and federal sale licences
- Participate in the Consultation
- Consultation Paper – Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis
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