It has been a privilege to consult with so many people over the last five months, and we are deeply thankful to all those who provided their input, time and energy to us. Ware (Vice Chair) Susan Boyd (Member) George Chow (Member) Marlene Jesso (Member) Perry Kendall (Member) Raf Souccar (Member) Barbara von Tigerstrom (Member) Catherine Zahn (Member) When the Task Force first assembled in June 2016, we each brought a range of individual perspectives on cannabis.We hope that this report will be useful to you and your Cabinet colleagues as you move forward with the legalization and regulation of cannabis. Over the months that followed, we came to appreciate the collective importance of our varied viewpoints and to recognize the potential impact of our work.The Task Force looked internationally (e.g., Colorado, Washington State, Uruguay) to learn from jurisdictions that have legalized cannabis for non-medical purposes, and we drew lessons from the way governments in Canada have regulated tobacco and alcohol, and cannabis for medical purposes.A Discussion Paper prepared by the Government, entitled "Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to Marijuana," informed the Task Force's work and helped to focus the input of many of the people from whom we heard.Meanwhile, as we went about our mandate, dispensaries continued to challenge communities and law enforcement, new research findings emerged, new regulations appeared, and the media shone their light on issues of quality and regulatory gaps.Because of this complexity and diversity of input, and the challenges associated with designing a new regulatory framework, we recognize that there will be much discussion around the implications of our recommendations.
The current paradigm of cannabis prohibition has been with us for almost 100 years.November 30, 2016 The Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health The Honourable Ralph Goodale Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Dear Ministers, Please find attached the final report of the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.This report is the product of our consultations with Canadians, provincial, territorial and municipal governments, Indigenous governments and representative organizations, youth, patients and experts in relevant fields.In closing, we recognize and thank all those who contributed to our work, in particular our colleagues on the Task Force, the Secretariat and Eric Costen, who provided outstanding leadership.We formally acknowledge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his vision in initiating this process and for seeing it through.
Finally, we thank the Ministers of Health, Justice and Public Safety for trusting us to prepare and deliver this report.