Canadian Mental Health Association Wants Restraints on Recreational Marijuana

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On Aug. 14, 2017, the Ontario chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association released a report that calls for wide ranging rules and restrictions to be placed on the province’s recreational marijuana market once it becomes legal in 2018.

The nearly 20-page report, titled Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, recommends implementing restrictions on THC levels in marijuana products and a dispensary training requirement. The report also calls for limits to be placed on marijuana advertising in a manner similar to tobacco.

“The risk is that legalization of cannabis may lead to an increase in use among Ontarians,” said Camille Quenneville, CEO of CMHA Ontario, in a press release. “When taken together our recommendations can minimize the harms associated with cannabis use and support a public health approach to this issue.”

In addition to advocating for market restrictions, the report proposed common sense solutions to marijuana regulation, such as establishing a Cannabis Control Board and ensuring reasonable marijuana prices to deter sales on the black market.

William Sumner is a freelance writer and marijuana journalist located in Panama City, FL. Passionate about writing, William is dedicated to journalistic integrity and providing quality insight on current events. You can follow him on Twitter @W_Sumner.

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