Highlights From the Taskforce Report on Marijuana Legalization

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Yesterday, the final report from Ottawa’s taskforce on legalized recreational marijuana was released, a 106-page submission with more than 80 recommendations.

To fulfill our mandate, we engaged with provincial, territorial and municipal governments, experts, patients, advocates, Indigenous governments and representative organizations, employers and industry. We heard from many other Canadians as well, including many young people, who participated in an online public consultation that generated nearly 30,000 submissions from individuals and organizations. The Task Force looked internationally (e.g., Colorado, Washington State, Uruguay) to learn from jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for non-medical purposes, and we drew lessons from the way governments in Canada have regulated tobacco and alcohol, and cannabis for medical purposes. [Taskforce report, December 2016]

You can read the full 106-page report at the above link, but here are some of the highlighted recommendations brought forth to the 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
  • Prohibit mixed products, for example cannabis-infused alcoholic beverages or cannabis products with tobacco, nicotine or caffeine
  • Create a flexible legislative framework that could adapt to new evidence on specific product types, on the use of additives or sweeteners, or on specifying limits of THC or other components
  • Provide regulatory oversight for cannabis concentrates to minimize the risks associated with illicit production
  • Require all cannabis products to include labels identifying levels of THC and CBD
  • Conduct the necessary economic analysis to establish an approach to tax and price that balances health protection with the goal of reducing the illicit market
  • Commit to using revenue from cannabis as a source of funding for administration, education, research and enforcement
  • Regulate the production of cannabis and its derivatives (e.g., edibles, concentrates) at the federal level
  • Use licensing and production controls to encourage a diverse, competitive market that also includes small producers

As mentioned above, there are over 80 recommendations in the report, so we haven’t included them all, but please read the linked report if you wish to read them all.

Jeff Mooij’s reaction to these recommendations in the media: 

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