Covering everything from retail sales to possession guidelines and totalling 106 pages, the federal government’s final report on marijuana legalization in Canada was released today.
The report comes after the nine-member legalization task force heard from all levels of government across the country, as well as patients, advocates, Indigenous governments and representative organizations, employers and industry.
In addition, an online public consultation on the topic generated almost 30,000 submissions.
Broken down into sections, the report detailed a number of recommendations, across a variety of categories.
A number of steps to reduce potentially harmful effects or circumstances were outlined in the report. They include:
The report outlined what it would consider proper distribution methods, as a result of marijuana legalization. Some of the recommendations were:
The report recommend that personal and household cultivation be allowed, but with a set of guidelines:
In a statement released on Tuesday in response to the federal report, BC’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Mike Morris said the provincial government will take time to “thoroughly” review it.
“This is a comprehensive report, and the framework it outlines for legalizing cannabis in Canada will have many ramifications for BC,” Morris said. “It’s clear, and encouraging, that the task force considered B.C.’s concerns as it developed a foundation for a new system of regulatory safeguards.”
The illegal market for cannabis that currently exists has “abetted criminal organizations while also saddling many young Canadians with the stigma and ramifications of a criminal record for possession,” Morris added. “This report suggests that an opportunity is at hand to address these historical downsides while advancing public health and safety.”