Health Canada has tweeted on Wednesday a reminder to Canadians that they have up until next week to pitch in their inputs to help the government envisage the country’s future rule on marijuana.
— GovCanHealth (@GovCanHealth) January 17, 2018
The government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is implementing a nationwide legalization of marijuana in July, making Canada the first developed nation, and the second in the world after Uruguay, to fully legalize cannabis.
Canada introduced Bill C-45 in April last year to make the unprecedented changes. Health Canada is currently finalizing a consultation paper, and its aim is to give “input and views on the approach to these regulations.”
The paper will require citizens’ input on a myriad of issues, which include: “Cannabis product standards and packaging and labeling requirements.”
“The final regulations will need to be published in the [official] Canada Gazette, Part II, as soon as possible following Royal Assent,” read a government statement.
Scientists Want Funding
On Tuesday, scientists studying the health impacts of cannabis urged the Canadian federal government to implement a comprehensive research program.
“Considerably more funding has to be made available,” said Dr. Mark Ware, a pain researcher at McGill University.
In its final report, the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, co-chaired by Ware, called for more federal leadership on supporting cannabis research.
The task force suggested that a portion of government revenue from taxes on cannabis be used to fund the research.