Participate in 1 of 3 Cannabis Stakeholder Workshops Nov, 22 and 23, 2017
Participate in 1 of 5 Cannabis Legalization - City Bylaw Regulation Nov, 14 to Dec. 7, 2017
Bill 26 introduced Nov 16, 2017, Alberta’s approach to cannabis legalization
Ministry responsible: Justice and Solicitor General
Participate in #DontTaxMedicine campaign
Government of Canada Announces Consultation on Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products (includes medical) Nov. 10 - Dec. 7, 2017
Health Canada Launches Public Consultation on Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis - Press Release
Link to Online Questionnaire on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis
Questionnaire open for 60 days - November 21, 2017 to January 20, 2018
Evidence and science information:
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.
2015 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.
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.
"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
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.
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"
November 10, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – Department of Finance Canada
Announcement on Cannabis Excise Tax
Parliamentary secretaries Joël Lightbound (finance) and Bill Blair (justice and health) provide details on the government’s plan for an excise tax on the sale of cannabis at a press conference in Ottawa on November 10, 2017. The revenue from the proposed tax will be divided evenly between the federal government and the provinces and territories.
CPAC Today in Politics – Podcast - http://www.cpac.ca/en/programs/headline-politics/episodes/55042
The current approach to cannabis is not working, and the Government of Canada is committed to legalizing, regulating and restricting access to cannabis to keep it out of the hands of kids, and profits out of the hands of criminals.
In support of these goals and the broader legalization efforts, the Department of Finance Canada today published for consultation a proposed excise duty framework for cannabis products. The proposed level of taxation is intended to keep prices low to eliminate the black market, as discussed at the Finance Ministers Meeting last June. The proposed duty would apply to all cannabis products available for legal sale, including fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oils, and seeds and seedlings for home cultivation.
The federal government believes that the combined rate of tax for cannabis flowering material contained in a final packaged product should not exceed $1.00 per gram, or 10 per cent of the producer's sale price of that product, whichever is higher, with this tax room divided equally between the province or territory and the federal government. Revenues raised from the taxation regime will help support investments in public education, enforcement, research and other activities integral to an effective system of legalization and regulation of cannabis.
In developing the proposed approach, the Government has paid careful attention to work done by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation and the Parliamentary Budget Officer, as well as the experience of international jurisdictions which have successfully implemented legal access to recreational cannabis on the part of adults.
The federal framework is intended to be in place once legal cannabis for non-medical purposes becomes accessible for retail sale, no later than July 2018.
- Proposed Excise Duty Framework for Cannabis Products
- At a Glance: Cannabis Taxation
- Legislative and Regulatory Proposals Relating to the Taxation of Cannabis
- Explanatory Notes Relating to the Excise Act, 2001, the Excise Tax Act and Related Regulations
Media may contact:
Office of the Minister of Finance
Department of Finance Canada
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