Federal government spending $4.1 million on cannabis education projects in Toronto

Oct 11 2018, 6:57 pm

With the legalization of cannabis less than a week away, the federal government says it will spend over $4 million on multiple cannabis education campaigns aimed at Toronto youth.

On Thursday, John Oliver, parliamentary secretary to the federal minister of health, stated the Canadian government is funding more than $4.1 million in funding under Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.

These investments will support three Toronto-based organizations in raising awareness of the health effects of cannabis and the dangers of drug-impaired driving.

“Our Government is excited to partner with these three Toronto-based organizations to help provide youth with the information they need to remain healthy and safe once cannabis is legalized and regulated in Canada,” said Oliver in a statement.

The three Toronto-based organizations include Operation Springboard, the Ontario Physical and Health Education Association, and St. Stephen’s Community House and they will receive the funding over the next three to four years.

“By working together, we can maximize the reach of our cannabis public education initiatives to raise awareness and educate Canadians—particularly youth and young adults—about the health and safety risks of cannabis use, including drug-impaired driving,” said Ginette Petitpas Taylor, minister of health.

“Partnerships like the ones announced in Toronto today are integral to our public education efforts to give Canadians the information they need to make informed decisions about cannabis.”

The provincial government will sell recreational cannabis online when it is legalized on Wednesday, October 17, with private retail stores set to be in place by April 1, 2019.

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