The Cannabis Council of Canada applauds the legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – October 17th, 2018 – The Cannabis Council of Canada (“C3 or Cannabis Canada”) applauds the federal government for the legalization of adult-use recreational cannabis.

“Today is a historic and celebratory day: By legalizing and regulating adult access to recreational cannabis, Canada has once again shown its leadership to the rest of the world,” said Allan Rewak C3 Executive Director. 

With the coming into force of Bill C-45, adult consumers will now be able to legally purchase cannabis through a range of in-person and online options. By overseeing this activity, the government of Canada and its provincial government partners will make it more difficult for youth to access cannabis, remove organised crime from a multi-billion-dollar enterprise and protect the health of our citizens.

“Over 50% of all Canadians have consumed cannabis, and the research shows and 1 in 6 use it on a fairly regular basis,” said C3 Vice Chair (adult-use) John Fowler. “That’s why I am so grateful that our Prime Minister and the government was brave enough to recognize and act on Canada’s need for a balanced approach to cannabis. He put in the hard work necessary to make today possible”, added Fowler.

While the objectives for the federal government remain rooted in harm reduction, the legalization of adult consumer use cannabis will generate significant new economic benefit to all Canadians, to Canadian businesses and to their governments.

“Canadian companies have emerged as the dominant leaders of a new global industry that will generate tens of thousands of high-quality jobs for our citizens and contribute billions of dollars to the Canadian economy,” said C3 Chair Dr. Avtar Dhillon. “Considering the social and economic benefits, I expect that the rest of the world will eventually follow our example”, added Dr. Dhillon.

Canadian’s are ready for this balanced and innovative approach. According to a recent Abacus Data survey 70% support, or at least accept, the legalization of adult consumer use cannabis. 

The Cannabis Council of Canada expects this already impressive number to grow in the coming years as youth access decreases, organised crime is displaced, and Canadians enjoy the financial benefits of the new legal cannabis economy. 
 

About the Cannabis Council of Canada:

The Cannabis Council of Canada is the leading organization of Canada’s Licensed Producers of Medical Cannabis under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The Council’s mission is to act as the national voice for our members in their promotion of industry standards; support the development, growth and integrity of the regulated cannabis industry; and serve as an important resource on issues related to the safe and responsible use of cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes.

Members of the Cannabis Council of Canada share a philosophy of both patient-centric care and improved public health, and are committed to product safety and quality, secure and reliable access and the promotion of the safe and healthful use of cannabis.

Further Information:

Allan Rewak
Executive Director
The Cannabis Council of Canada 
allan.rewak@cann-can.ca
+1 (647) 206-1231 
 


Cannabis Council of Canada Pleased Legislation Tabled In Ontario to Allow For Competitive, Responsible Private Cannabis Retail

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – September 27th, 2018 – The Cannabis Council of Canada (“C3 or Cannabis Canada”) is pleased that the Ontario government today tabled enabling legislation that will allow for the creation of a responsible regulated cannabis retail system for adult consumers.

“We look forward to working with the Government of Ontario and the wider cannabis community to build out a retail system that meets the needs of Ontario cannabis consumers and all stakeholders.  Bill 36 represents a marked improvement to the system proposed by the previous government and is a significant step forward in building a truly competitive legal cannabis retail system”, said Allan Rewak C3 Executive Director.

The proposed legislation would allow for point of sale for adult use cannabis at licensed cultivation facilities, which have a proven track record of zero diversion and compliance with all relevant regulations.  

The Cannabis Council of Canada is committed to working with the Ontario government as the bill goes through committee and the regulatory developmental process to build a world leading retail program.

“With 63 ACMPR approved cultivation facilities in the province, and more than one-third of the Canadian population, Ontario is likely to be Canada’s largest cannabis market.  Our Association is excited to play our part in helping the government achieve its vision of a safe, secure and responsible cannabis retail system,” said John Fowler, C3 Vice Chair (Adult Use).

About the Cannabis Council of Canada:

The Cannabis Council of Canada is the leading organization of Canada’s Licensed Producers of Medical Cannabis under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The Council’s mission is to act as the national voice for our members in their promotion of industry standards; support the development, growth and integrity of the regulated cannabis industry; and serve as an important resource on issues related to the safe and responsible use of cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes.

Members of the Cannabis Council of Canada share a philosophy of both patient-centric care and improved public health, and are committed to product safety and quality, secure and reliable access and the promotion of the safe and healthful use of cannabis.

Further Information:

Allan Rewak
Executive Director
The Cannabis Council of Canada 
allan.rewak@cann-can.ca
+1 (647) 206-1231 
 


The Cannabis Council of Canada Commends the Ontario Government on their Cannabis Retail Model

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – August 13th, 2018 – The Cannabis Council of Canada commends the Ontario government for their innovative and responsible plan to roll out retail cannabis sales across the province.

 “By harnessing the power of the private sector, while responsibly regulating cannabis sales for adults, the government of Ontario has removed the capital and operational costs of bricks and mortar retail from taxpayers and shifted this burden to the private sector: A move that will save the treasury countless millions,” said Allan Rewak, Executive Director, the Cannabis Council of Canada.

Ontario’s plan will not only serve to save Ontario taxpayers money, it will also better equip the legal industry to replace the illicit market.

“Today, there are between 80 and 150 illicit dispensaries operating in the city of Toronto alone. By heavily regulating and overseeing the private sector, the provincial government will create a truly competitive and inclusive landscape that will allow for law-abiding companies to more quickly replace the bad apples in the cannabis space,” said Dr. Avtar Dhillon, the Cannabis Council of Canada Board Chair.

Moving forward the Cannabis Council of Canada looks forward to working with the elected government, the Ontario Cannabis Store and communities across Ontario to create a retail system that keeps cannabis away from kids and profits away from organised crime.

About the Cannabis Council of Canada:

The Cannabis Council of Canada is the leading organization of Canada’s Licensed Producers of Medical Cannabis under Health Canada’s Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The Council’s mission is to act as the national voice for our members in their promotion of industry standards; support the development, growth and integrity of the regulated cannabis industry; and serve as an important resource on issues related to the safe and responsible use of cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes.

Members of the Cannabis Council of Canada share a philosophy of both patient-centric care and improved public health, and are committed to product safety and quality, secure and reliable access and the promotion of the safe and healthful use of cannabis.

Further Information:

Allan Rewak
Executive Director
The Cannabis Council of Canada 
allan.rewak@cann-can.ca
+1 (647) 206-1231