Canadian Government Plans to Announce Marijuana Task Force

Canadian Government Plans to Announce Marijuana Task Force

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In the coming days, the Canadian government is expected to announce the formation of a marijuana task force.

According to CBC, Minister of Health Jane Philpott broke the news while speaking at the Canadian Nurses Association conference in Saint John, New Brunswick. Philpott called marijuana a “complex file” and stated that the task force would be comprised of representatives from multiple government departments.

“The task force will have … experts in the field who will advise us,” Philpott said, as reported by CBC.

With legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada approximately one year away, the main challenge for the government will be to ensure that minors do not acquire marijuana and that the black market doesn’t profit from the legal industry.

Pointing to previous public education campaigns, Philpott expressed confidence that the government would be able to strike the right balance between conveying the risks and benefits of legal marijuana.

William Sumner, a freelance writer and marijuana journalist, was a staff writer for MJINews from May 2014 through February 2018. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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