The federal authorities has launched a evaluate of the Hashish Act to find out whether or not the laws governing the legalization of marijuana is assembly Canadians’ wants and expectations.
“Via this convenient, inclusive and evidence-driven evaluate, we are going to strengthen the Act in order that it meets the wants of all Canadians whereas persevering with to displace the illicit market. I sit up for receiving the panel’s findings,” Well being Minister Jean-Yves Duclos stated.
The Liberals lifted a century-long prohibition on the use and sale of leisure hashish in October 2018, with a dedication to evaluate the legislation three years after it got here into drive. That evaluate is sort of a yr overdue.
In accordance with the Hashish Act, the evaluate should deal with the legislation’s affect on Indigenous individuals, on cultivating hashish in a housing advanced and on the well being and consumption patterns of younger individuals.
“Younger individuals are at elevated danger of experiencing harms from hashish comparable to psychological well being issues, together with dependence and issues associated to anxiousness and despair,” stated Minister of Psychological Well being and Addictions Carolyn Bennett.
“Whereas plenty of progress has been made on the implementation of the Hashish Act and its twin goals of defending public well being and sustaining public security, we have to assess the work that has been finished and learn the way and the place to regulate to fulfill these targets.”
The evaluate mandate has been expanded to incorporate an examination of the social and environmental results of the Hashish Act, the affect of legalization and regulation of medical hashish and the affect on racialized communities and girls.
The federal authorities stated the Hashish Act was introduced in to displace the unlawful market and to guard the well being of Canadians.
Progress towards each of these targets may even be examined by the evaluate, which will likely be performed by an impartial panel of consultants.
Morris Rosenberg, the previous deputy minister of justice, will chair the skilled panel. The opposite panel members haven’t but been named.
The panel will hear from the general public, authorities, Indigenous teams, youth, hashish trade representatives and medical hashish customers. The panel may even hear from consultants in public well being, substance abuse, legislation enforcement and well being care.
“I sit up for working with the panel and to offering evidence-based recommendation to ministers to strengthen this significantly necessary piece of laws and advance public coverage on this space in Canada,” Rosenberg stated Thursday.