We have been absolutely blown away by everyone we have heard from over the last few weeks. The support we have received from the community is just incredible, we are so excited to potentially be getting the Sunshine Coast Compassion Club back in action.
Some recent good news to share with you all. The Trudeau government’s ‘marijuana task force’ just delivered their report and here is what they are recommending (taken from a CBC article).
Sales and marketing
- Set the minimum age of purchase as 18, respecting the rights of provinces and territories to harmonize with sales of alcohol.
- Avoid selling alcohol and cannabis at the same location where possible: dedicated storefronts and direct mail are preferable.
- Limit the density and location of storefronts, including their proximity to schools and parks.
- Regulate retail sales at the provincial and territorial level.
- Restrict the promotion and advertising of cannabis products, similar to restrictions now in place for tobacco.
- Require plain packaging with company name, strain name, price, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD) amounts and health warnings.
- Prohibit any product deemed “appealing to children,” including products that look like candy.
- Establish pricing and taxation following an economic analysis.
- Tax higher potency THC products at a higher rate to discourage purchase.
- Use revenue from cannabis regulation for drug prevention, education and treatment.
Public consumption and possession
- Extend restrictions on public smoking of tobacco products and vaping to cannabis.
- Allow and regulate dedicated places to consume cannabis products (lounges, for example.)
- Limit public possession to 30 grams of dried, non-medical cannabis or its equivalent, with a corresponding sales limit.
Production and distribution
- Implement a system of licensed producers to grow cannabis in Canada.
- Allow personal cultivation of up to four plants per residence, with a height limit of 100 cm.
- Maintain medical marijuana access separately, with the same tax system as non-medical use.
- Move swiftly to create capacity for producing and selling cannabis.
Public education and safety
- Begin public education strategy immediately.
- Determine how to establish limits to prevent an increase in cannabis-impaired driving.
So as you can see, very good news for people like SCCC that use marijuana medicinally. We are very excited that the government is finally taking steps towards legalization of this valid medicine. For those that enjoy edibles, it may not be possible to continue for us to supply in tasty forms, but we will do our best to produce edibles that are still suitable. All in all that is a very small price to pay, for the legalization of marijuana. Let’s hope these things are followed through on.
Happy Holidays To All