Ottawa Public Health to issue recommendations to feds regarding the Cannabis Act

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As the federal government undergoes a review of the Cannabis Act, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is preparing to issue a number of recommendations ranging from retail store density to packing considerations and allowing pharmacists to dispense medical cannabis. Industry advocates have long called for changes to the Cannabis Act, including increasing the 10 milligram THC limits of edibles and reducing or eliminating excise tax. OPH also argues for allowing pharmacists to dispense and counsel on the use of medical cannabis products and calls for further research to assess the safety and efficacy of cannabis to meet Health Canada standards for the addition of a Drug Identification Number (DIN) for medical cannabis use, which could lead to extended drug coverage for medical cannabis products. Per CBC, which acquired the 30-page document, OPH remains “supportive of a public health approach” to legalized pot, but would like to see a number of new measures implemented, including further steps to deter youth consumption and expanding public education. It would also like to see the feds expand requirements for plain packaging and labelling for cannabis products to include restrictions on shapes and use of sprinkles, as well as banning the words “candy” or “candies” on packages.

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As the federal government undergoes a review of the Cannabis Act, Ottawa Public Health (OPH) is preparing to issue a number of recommendations ranging from retail store density to packing considerations and allowing pharmacists to dispense medical cannabis.

Per CBC, which acquired the 30-page document, OPH remains “supportive of a public health approach” to legalized pot, but would like...

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