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NORML Canada town hall w/Liberal M.P. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

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NORML Canada is proud to host a town hall event
w/Liberal M.P. Nathaniel Erskine-Smith
and a speaker panel moderated by
Sarah Hanlon (Big Brother Canada)
Ian Campeau aka DJ NDN (founding member Tribe Called Red)

Join us for an evening discussion on all things cannabis. Event is FREE (suggested donation $20 at event).

A big thank you to ArtScape for providing us with such an amazing space

Seating is limited to 250 seats, so be sure to get your tickets!

Health Canada, WebEx Invitation – Proposed Regulations for New Classes of Cannabis

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Health Canada is developing regulations governing the production and sale of additional cannabis products, namely edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals. Providing legal access to a broad range of cannabis products is a key element of the Government’s strategy to displace the illegal market over time. These cannabis products will be permitted for legal sale under the Cannabis Act no later than October 17, 2019. The proposed regulations for edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals announced yesterday will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on December 22, 2018.

In order for us to hear from interested organizations about the proposed regulations for edible cannabis, cannabis extracts and cannabis topicals, Health Canada is inviting you to attend a WebEx session on Tuesday, January 28, 2019 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm (EST). The purpose of the WebEx session is to provide stakeholders who will be directly affected by the regulations with a technical briefing on the proposals. This will allow participants to be better informed to send a written submission.

To register for the WebEx session discussion with officials from the Cannabis Legalization use the follow link https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/proposed-regulations-for-new-classes-of-cannabis-projet-de-reglement-pour-les-nouvelles-categories-tickets-53968503246

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Consultation: Strict regulation of edible cannabis, extracts and topicals

By | Drug Policy, Government, Health Canada

From: Health Canada

Current Status: Open

This consultation opened on December 20, 2018. It will close on February 20, 2019.

We are seeking feedback on draft regulations to minimize the public health and public safety risks posed by:

edible cannabis
cannabis extracts
cannabis topicals

These cannabis products will be permitted for legal sale under the Cannabis Act no later than October 17, 2019.

Join in: How to participatehttps://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-strict-regulation-edible-cannabis-extracts-topicals.html

Health Canada Infographic:

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Senate passed C45 Cannabis Act

By | Drug Policy, Government, News Media

Justin Trudeau to announce the date for cannabis legalization (Legalized 1.0) today June 20, 2018, at 4:30 PM EST (2:30 PM Alberta time)

A Conservative senator attempt to amendment C45 to let provinces
ban personal cannabis cultivation at home failed.

Royal Assent is expected to happen before the end of this week.
Changes to the current CDSA to be complete in 12 weeks. Actual date yet to be set.

#cannabis #c45 #CDSA

Live Webinar – Review of Proposed Cannabis Act

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The Government of Canada has indicated that it intends to bring the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018. To support implementation of the proposed Act, regulations would need to be enacted in a range of areas, such as cannabis product standards and packaging and labelling requirements, to ensure that the risks and harms of cannabis are appropriately addressed under the legal framework.

In many cases, Health Canada is proposing to build upon established regulatory requirements that have been in place under ACMPR. This webinar aims to summarize the proposed changes from the current ACMPR regulation and to provide an understanding of “proposed Cannabis Act”.

2018 Marijuana Conference Montreal, QC,

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**This conference has been accredited for 15.25 hours of continuing legal education by a recognized provider.**

Price: Students: 25$. General admission: 100$

Organized by McGill’s Institute for Health and Social Policy, this conference is a chance to reflect on the broad societal implications and policy challenges of the Canadian federal government’s decision to legalize marijuana and to learn from the experience of states and jurisdictions that have undergone similar legislative change.

The conference will examine all aspects of the policy challenges that face Canada as it moves to legalize marijuana – from clinical considerations to do with health, to public safety, to Canada’s international legal obligations and the economic and political implications of legalization.

We will hear from academics, policy-makers and high-ranking government officials from Canada, Portugal and Uruguay.

Panelists will discuss themes such as Health Outcomes and Marijuana Legalization; Community Responses; Harm Reduction; and Marijuana Legalization: Economic Implications. The program is still being finalized.

Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

By | Drug Policy, Government


qualified cannabis worker


Summary of Comments Received During the Public Consultation
Published by Health Canada on March 19, 2018



Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis
1.2 Public Consultation
1.3 Purpose of this Document
2 Licences, Permits and Authorizations
2.1 Overview of Proposal
2.2 What We Heard
2.3 Thresholds for Micro-cultivation and Micro-processing
3 Security Clearances
3.1 Overview of Proposal
3.2 What We Heard
4 Cannabis Tracking System
4.1 Overview of Proposal
4.2 What We Heard
5 Cannabis Products
5.1 Overview of Proposal
5.2 What We Heard
6 Packaging and Labelling
6.1 Overview of Proposal
6.2 What We Heard
6.3 Detailed Packaging and Labelling Requirements
7 Cannabis for Medical Purposes
7.1 Overview of Proposal
7.2 What We Heard
8 Health Products and Cosmetics with Cannabis
8.1 Overview of Proposal
8.2 What We Heard
8.3 Existing approval pathways
8.4 Non-Prescription Drugs and Natural Health Products
9 Other Issues

Annex A: Details of Proposed Label Content Requirements for Cannabi
Annex B: Details of Proposed Label Display Requirements for Cannabis
Annex C: Proposed Health Warning Messages

CPAC video – Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and parliamentary secretary Bill Blair speak



Debunking reefer madness with some of the science, evidence and real world experiences.

By | Drug Policy, Government, News Media

Cannabis and driving studies
June 22, 2017
American Journal of Public Health (ajph)
Crash Fatality Rates After Recreational Marijuana Legalization in Washington and Colorado. Evaluate motor vehicle crash fatality rates in the first 2 states and compare them with motor vehicle crash fatality rates in similar states without recreational marijuana legalization.
Automobile crash fatality rates in Washington and Colorado were no different from comparable states without legal recreational cannabis.


The U.S. Department of Transportation report suggests that while cannabis could potentially impair driving skills, its findings in other research suggest drivers under the influence of cannabis are actually more cautious. “Subjects in most of the simulator and instrumented-vehicle studies on marijuana are driving typically drive slower, follow other cars at greater distances and take fewer risks than when sober,” the report said.

2003 and 2007
Canada Safety Council
Drivers under the influence of cannabis are acutely aware of their impairment. They consciously try to drive more cautiously, by slowing down, focusing their attention and avoiding risks.

Cannabis and impaired driving studies
Sept. 2002 – June 2017
or PDF document http://calgary420.ca/pdf/driving/cannabis-impaired-driving-2017.pdf

Cannabis addiction
Business Insider – We took a scientific look at whether weed or alcohol is worse for you, deaths and addiction
: “More than 30,700 Americans died from alcohol-induced causes in 2014
There have been zero documented deaths from marijuana use alone.
Marijuana appears to be significantly less addictive than alcohol.”

Philippe Lucas, VP at Tilray, a research scholar with the University of Victoria’s Centre for Addictions Research of BC, said cannabis dependency isn’t as severe as some make it out to be. Normally, people are able to give up cannabis on their own, compared to severe drugs,
Lucas, the lead author in a September 2015 study in the “International Journal of Drug Policy”, a peer-reviewed publication found medical cannabis can be a safe and successful substitution for other addictions to alcohol 25% reduction, 32% for opiates, 12% tobacco, and more. The study has been updated and published August 2017, “Rationale for cannabis-based interventions in the opioid overdose crisis” in the Harm Reduction Journal.

Organized crime
Canadian Drug Policy Coalition – Organized crime in the cannabis market:- Evidence and Implications
“2. Unsubstantiated media and police reports portray the cannabis industry as dominated by organized crime.”
“3. Evidence suggests a very low involvement of organized crime in the cannabis industry in Canada; the majority of those in the industry tend to be non-violent and have minimal, if any, involvement with other criminal activities

Mental Health
The University of Alberta, O’Brien Institute for Public Health, Dr. Elaine Hyshka; Assistant Professor, School of Public Health.
November 2017 Dr. Elaine Hyshka, “There are also people who claim that cannabis is going to basically damage your brain when you use it, especially if you’re young, and that it’s going to contribute to the intellectual downfall of a generation. And that’s also not true,” she said.

A Controlled Family Study of Cannabis Users with and without Psychosis Harvard study published in 2014:
Evidenced that teen cannabis consumption is not lead to the development of schizophrenia later in life. The study compared families with a history of schizophrenia to those without. The study also examined non-psychotic cannabis consumers and non-consuming participant controls.
The results of the current study suggest that having an increased familial morbid risk for schizophrenia may be the underlying basis for schizophrenia in cannabis users and not cannabis use by itself.

Also see real world experiences:
November 21, 2017
Washington governor John Horgan:
Don’t panic about legalized pot
The governor of is telling British Columbians to ignore most of the fear-mongering about the pending decriminalization of recreational pot in Canada.

April 2, 2017
Colorado governor John Hickenlooper:
“We had a lot of fears that we would see a real spike in teenage use, we would see real issues around edibles, a large increase in overall consumption,” the governor told Vassy Kapelos on this weekend’s edition of The West Block.
“And we haven’t seen any of that … We certainly look at (legalization) differently now than we did back then.”

Dr. Susan C. Boyd, a B.C. researcher’s books “Killer Weed: Marijuana Grow Ops, Media and Justice”. about how law enforcement and media are not telling the facts and “Reefer madness is governmental” Note: Dr. Susan C. Boyd is a member of Liberal government “Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation”

Safe Cannabis Gardens

Consultation on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

By | Drug Policy, Government

November 21, 2017
Government of Canada Cannabis Regulation Questionaire open until January 20, 2018 here
or email cannabis@canada.ca.

The Government of Canada has committed to legalizing, strictly regulating, and restricting access to cannabis.  In April 2017, the government introduced Bill C-45, the proposed Cannabis Act. Subject to the approval of Parliament, the Government of Canada intends to bring the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018.

We are now seeking feedback on how to regulate cannabis.
How to participate

After reviewing the Consultation Paper you can provide your feedback in the following ways:
1.Complete the online questionnaire
2.Send a written submission by email to cannabis@canada.ca. If you wish, you may attach an electronic file in one of the following formats:Microsoft Word
Adobe Acrobat

3.Send a written submission in hard-copy format by mail to:

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat
Address locator 0602E
Health Canada
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0K9