Canada Health Committee Starts Meetings on Legal Pot a Week Early

When we last heard about the history-making Bill C-45, which will eventually legalize adult-use marijuana in Canada, the bill had passed its second reading in Parliament and was handed over to the House Health Committee for due diligence. The task for the committee was to study the bill and recommend any necessary adjustments.

With a mountain of work ahead, the committee has agreed to reconvene one week before Parliament resumes on September 18 so MPs can start listening to testimony from various experts and stakeholders.

“It’s going to be all day, nine to five and then some,” said MP Bill Casey, Chair of the Standing Committee on Health. Although some of the meetings include points about criminal justice, Casey added that “our focus will be on the health impacts.”

The meetings are expected to bring testimony from physicians, marijuana producers, medical marijuana patients, potential retailers, and various others. Although no assemblies have been held, the committee has decided that all public meetings will be televised.

Two of the confirmed speakers who were invited to testify in front of the Standing Committee on Health are legendary pot activists…

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