Ottawa announces new proposed regulations for cannabis sales

Ottawa announces new proposed regulations for cannabis sales

WATCH: Calvin To has local reaction to Ottawa’s new proposed regulations for marijuana sales.

Ottawa has released new proposed regulations for marijuana sales.

They include:

  • the possibility for craft brewers
  • a requirement for cannabis workers to get security clearances
  • restrictions on packaging, including limitations on colours and graphics, and a requirement for health warning labels

The federal government is now seeking feedback from Canadians about the proposal called a consultation paper.

Medijuana Dispensary owner James Whitehead is welcoming the proposal.

“Growing cannabis is really more of an art form than it is a science,” Whitehead said. “And I think allowing people that have got a lot of experience doing this to come in and legitimize their operations is just going to create a more diverse and high quality cannabis marketplace.”

The consultation paper is also garnering support from researchers.

“The issue of limiting the colours of the packaging, putting clear labels on about health risks, about the content of THC and CBD, these are all things that would be considered to be evidence-based,” said Dr. Karen Urbanowski, who studies substance use at the University of Victoria.

Dr. Urbanowski adds that health outcomes are generally better when access to youth is minimized, and that the province’s distribution model will have a big impact on population health as well.

You can head to to fill out an online questionnaire until Jan. 20, 2018.


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