The Association of Canadian Cannabis Retailers issued its official response to the Standing Committee on Public Health regarding Bill C-45 also known as “the Cannabis Act”.
While there are many issues to discuss with government regarding the Cannabis Act, ACCRES felt that the priority must be to ensure that storefront dispensaries are included in the new regulated regime to ensure no adverse impact to public health (continuity of access) and to the thousands of jobs currently maintained within the cannabis economy. Without inclusion in the new regulated environment there ACCRES feels there is no point in addressing other subjects related to distribution.
Lobbying by special interest groups intended to discredit dispensary services and ban them from the future regulated cannabis distribution economy has been ongoing for some time now. ACCRES hopes that submissions like these can help educate lawmakers and public policy groups and provide them with an evidence based approach to why existing dispensaries should have a place in the new regulatory framework.