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Pot Users Should be 18 and Over Recommends Task Force

Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

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.



better protect health and to enhance public safety,”

Balderdash!! Everything the Government does is about the money, does anyone really believe the Government is considering legalizing pot just to protect us? It is all about the tax $$$..

    It was a calculated risk about votes in the election. Lots of voters who only voted for the Libs because of the pot promise are peed that legislation is taking as long as it has. The old US 100 days after inaugeration does not hold in Canada, they barely got the refugees shipped before the 100 days were up here, never mind pass any meaningful legislation.

Mental Health issues. Margaret Trudeau had a few things to say about this after having used pot since a teenager. Now we have her bipolar.. pot smoking son in charge of your coffers.

    So what kind of doctor are you? Also when did you examine the PM?

      I think that is called a “spin doctor”. Many of them have their own web sites now and pretend that they are journalists.

Every government has always been about money and gouging the tax payer..

As for the actual topic.. I do find it interesting that the recommendation is 18 yrs old.. but have to be 19 to drink.. weird..

But let’s get this moving and put people to work legally so they pay taxes..the load on our courts will drop by %35.. etc etc..

    Age 18, naw its not about buying votes, voting age 18. Naw its also not about taxes. Its all about health, well okay then.

    18 is the age of majority in most of the provinces, so I assume that’s why it was chosen as the recommended minimum age. I believe that each province will have the ultimate authority to set the age themselves and I’d be shocked if they didn’t align it with their respective liquor laws (which is either 18 or 19 depending on the jurisdiction).

This product will be producer by big companies (perhaps tobacco companies) and packaged distributed and sold by these same companies. They will have all the necessary legislation in place and all the information on health risks etc;, Roughly six major companies is Canada.

Some people will grow their own, and the rest will purchase from the legalized distributors.

The end result is that the Government and Big Business stand to make billions of dollars, under the guise that this system was put in for the good of the common man and the country.

The sad part about the whole fiasco, is that every time the Government runs one of these scams, we fall for it.

A herd of cows mooing on their way to be milked pretty well covers the issue.

    Tax revenue and profits are not in the billions unless you are talking over 10 years, sales may reach a billion like Colorado.

Excellent Recommendations!!!

I particularly like these two:

– Well-regulated production, manufacturing and distribution “that can displace the illegal market”

-Provides safeguards, such as testing, packaging and labeling.

These two recommendations alone, when enacted, will “immediately” reduce the number of deadly Fentanyl overdoses, our province, and our country, is currently experiencing. Such progressive thinking that will actually save lives… I love it!

    Most people don’t shoot up marihuana, may reduce overdoses by one every few months. People will still buy illegally even when regulated – dealers will sell cheaper than stores all day long. Happens in Colorado, dealers stand in line selling to customers outside the stores even.

    What do pot and fentanyl overdoses have to do with one another? Nothing that’s what.

      Read this and then ask your question.

      ht tp://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/fentanyl-overdoses-spike-among-recreational-drug-users-in-b-c-1.2978521

      Lot of people were duped by that article, the RCMP have no proof of fentanyl in cannabis and it seems that was just a general comment. I see your link and substitute a link of my own:

      ht tp://globalnews.ca/news/3075599/questions-arise-following-b-c-premiers-comments-on-pot-laced-with-fentanyl/

      Sorry slinky, but this is the new reality! “Fentanyl is being mixed with marijuana here in the Southern Interior, leading the Kamloops ASK Wellness Society to be even more concerned about the rise of deaths related to the synthetic opiate drug.”

      ht tp://infotel.ca/newsitem/warnings-about-fentanyl-laced-marijuana-in-the-southern-interior/it22094

      Check the dates of your articles, and then my link

Not with alcohol shoots down the BCLDB proposal

Being human…crusty Clark said there was fentanyl found in a few joints in kamloops.. however the rcmp denied her claim.. she was lying again..and you believed her….lol

    See my above response to slinky, the concerns are genuine, best to remove those concerns completely and the recommendations in this news article for marijuana do that!

      Why are you looking at articles over a year old to try and prove a point when articles from last month clearly state that was not actually true. There have been cases where people have overdosed with cannabis in their system as well as other drugs but no actual pot has been seized laced with fentanyl or its derivatives up to and including last month – always look at the dates of the articles to save face.

      Don’t need to check the dates of the articles if the content is relevant, and it is.

      And a small PS here, you can overdose without fentanyl in your drugs. You can also NOT overdose with fentanyl in your drugs. All depends on the dose you are injecting or the dose in the pill you are swallowing.
      Cannabis so far is not part of the fentanyl, carfentanil, etc overdose crisis. So far the risks are not there but that could easily change, as could fentanyl in chocolate bars and smores – but cross that road when it comes.

      You do need to check the dates of articles that are debunked by newer articles as it makes the content of the article that was debunked moot or just plain wrong and in need of a rewrite.

You can argue about newspaper article dates all you want slinky, the point is; marijuana is already being laced with Fentanyl! The recreational pot smoking market numbers in the millions of people, if they start overdosing… then we will have a huge problem on our hands. The recommendations on the use of marijuana from the task force needs to be implemented ASAP, it will literally save countless lives!

ht tp://www.enterprisenews.com/news/20160810/brockton-man-charged-with-dealing-marijuana-laced-with-fentanyl

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