TORONTO, April 18, 2017 - As
Canada’s leading academic health science centre specializing in addiction and
mental health, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) has long
advocated for reform of Canada’s system of cannabis control. In 2014, CAMH
released a Cannabis Policy Framework, which called for cannabis to be
legalized and regulated using a public health approach. CAMH is pleased that
the federal government has moved forward and introduced legislation emphasizing
principles of public health in its approach to legalization.
important decisions, including the minimum age for legal purchase, levels of
taxation and pricing, the design
of the distribution system, and the details of advertising
and promotion restrictions are still to be determined, and these decisions and their
implementation will involve different levels of government.
CAMH encourages all levels of government to apply
a health lens to their preparations for a legal and carefully regulated
cannabis market and to move quickly to educate the public about the risks
associated with cannabis use, particularly for the
most vulnerable populations.