A new cannabis legalization guide has been released for municipal candidates that aims to raise awareness about the new laws that will come into effect next month.
The guide was released this week by NICHE Canada and Aurora Cannabis as hundreds of municipal politicians are attending the annual Union of B.C. Municipalities (UBCM) Convention in Whistler.
A hot topic at the event, of course, is recreational cannabis legalization that is just weeks away.
“Legalization is complicated and sifting through the multitude of regulations can be a daunting process,” said Barinder Rasode, CEO of NICHE Canada. “Municipalities are on the front lines of legalization and we want to help prepare them for the changes that are about to take place. We want elected officials to have robust and meaningful conversations about what the new regulations entail and how they will impact communities.”
The Guide provides a synopsis for some of the key topics related to legalization, including a breakdown of who is responsible for regulating what, youth protection, workplace policies, cannabis promotion and the retail landscape.
“In partnering with NICHE, our shared goal is to support informed discussions and decision-making among candidates and elected officials, by providing factual information in an easy to use format,” said Cam Battley, Aurora’s Chief Corporate Officer. “Legalizing cannabis for adult consumer use is intelligent public policy designed to achieve a number of specific beneficial objectives, but it is critical that municipalities have the information they need to ensure that implementation of this new nationwide policy is successful from coast to coast.”
More than a dozen resolutions at the UBCM conference this week are about cannabis, including a Special Resolution that seeks to advance a short- and long-term cannabis excise tax revenue sharing strategy with the provincial government.
“There is no doubt that cannabis will be a hot topic this week and in local government election campaigns across the country this year,” Rasode added. “We want the debates around legalization to focus on facts and solutions, and we want to arm our elected officials with practical information to help inform those conversations.”
For more information and to download a copy of the Guide, visit, nichecanada.com/guide-to-cannabis-legalization.
NICHE (the National Institute for Cannabis Health and Education) is a not-for-profit corporation that was “created to support the development of policies and regulations that have the health and safety of Canadians as the fundamental priority.”
The goal of NICHE is to bring together academic research, government law makers, industry partners and public safety and public health partners to “create a collaborative, transparent and fact-based approach to cannabis legalization in Canada.”
Meantime, the Edmonton-based Aurora is one of the world’s largest and leading cannabis companies. Aurora is “vertically integrated and horizontally diversified across every key segment of the value chain, from facility engineering and design to cannabis breeding and genetics research, cannabis and hemp production, derivatives, high value-add product development, home cultivation, wholesale and retail distribution.”