In October 2018 the Government of Canada legalized and regulated non-medicinal cannabis. In the lead up to the legislation, there was much discussion about how to protect youth from the impact on legalization. The federal government stated that it was taking a public health approach and that the Cannabis Act had three main goals: to “keep cannabis out of the hands of youth, keep profits out of the pockets of criminals, [and] protect public health and safety by allowing adults access to legal cannabis.”
Now, four years after the legalization of cannabis in Canada, stakeholders are being asked to inform the review of the Cannabis Act to ensure that the law adapts to the current cannabis control situation and continues to meet Canadians’ needs and expectations. This review is welcome.
Pine River Institute is pleased to offer our assessment of progress made on the Act’s objectives so far and the areas of focus and action we believe are critical to improving the legislation.