This week, the government of Canada formed a task force that will take public comment through August 29 on how best to regulate legal cannabis. (For background on legalization in Canada, and an exploration of what the market might look like and who the players might be, read this Cannabis Wire feature.)
The government has released a discussion paper to guide the input, which focuses on:
- “Minimizing harms of use
- Establishing a safe and responsible production system
- Designing an appropriate distribution system
- Enforcing public safety and protection
- Accessing marijuana for medical purposes”
Specifically, the task force wants input from: residents, policy experts, youth, provincial, territorial, municipal, and Indigenous governments.
The input will be gathered in a final report given in November to the Ministers of Justice, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, and Health, to guide them as they craft the regulatory framework.
The Vice Chair of the task force, Dr. Mark A Ware, is a familiar name for those in the medical cannabis community. He is the executive director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids, and current chairman of the board of directors of the International Association for Cannabinoid Medicines.
Other task force members include:
- The Honourable A. Anne McLellan (Chair)
- Dr. Susan Boyd
- George Chow
- Marlene Jesso
- Dr. Perry Kendall
- Mr. Rafik Souccar
- Dr. Barbara von Tigerstrom
- Dr. Catherine Zahn, C.M.