The Canadian Government Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation just released its report titled “A Framework for the Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis in Canada“.
Editor’s note: Interesting that they have started using the term “cannabis” over “marijuana”.
Highlights of the recommendations:
- Limit sales to those 18 and over
- Severely limit cannabis advertising
- Allow public possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana, and up to four cannabis plants at home.
- Allow for retail sales and for indoor marijuana lounges.
- Create a diverse cannabis industry including cultivation, production and retail/wholesale cannabis distribution market, with an eye to encouraging smaller and indigenous owned businesses.
- Protect children through several measures
- Taxes based on potency.
- Plain packaging for cannabis indicating THC and CBD content and its origin, along with health warnings.
- An education campaign about the potential dangers of cannabis.
- Ensuring that the derivative edible products are not appealing to children.
- Discourage sale in stores that also sell tobacco or alcohol — “wherever possible.”
- Continue with some criminal sanctions but remove most criminal penalties for marijuana, other than for serious offences. License violations would be treated with fines and civil sanctions.
- Invest to research to determine how to judge for cannabis related impairment, and technology for detection of impaired drivers. Educate vulnerable populations about the dangers of cannabis related impaired driving.
- Prohibit mixed products such as cannabis infused alcohol products or cannabis products with tobacco, nicotine or caffeine
You can get a copy of the report here.