Pot Users Should be 18 and Over Recommends Task Force
Ottawa, ON – A federal task force on marijuana legalization has recommended the minimum age of purchasing cannabis should be 18.
It’s just one of over 80 recommendations put forth today by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
Other recommendations include:
- Placing restrictions on advertising and promotion
- Well-regulated production, manufacturing and distribution “that can displace the illegal market”
- Provides safeguards, such as testing, packaging and labelling
- Governments educate Canadians about the new system to improve the public’s understanding of cannabis, including risks such as impaired driving
- Canadians could carry up to 30 grams and grow four plants at home
- Must be sold away from schools and not with alcohol
- Be sold at store front and mail order
The task force was led by Anne McLellan and other experts who volunteered their expertise in public health, substance abuse, law enforcement and justice.
“It is our hope that the recommendations contained in our report, taken together, will provide a foundation for a new system of regulatory safeguards for legal access to cannabis that aim to better protect health and to enhance public safety,” said McLellan.
“Collaboration amongst governments, experts, front-line service providers and the public will be critical to the success of a new system.”
The Liberals plan to table legislation on the matter this spring.