Original language of petition: English
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the Minister of Health to:
The Government of Canada is committed to a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with Indigenous peoples, based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership. Health Canada works closely with Indigenous leaders, organizations and communities across the country to consider carefully any cannabis-related interests and to advance shared objectives of protecting public health and safety.
Due to Access to Information and Privacy laws, Health Canada is unable to disclose personal information or information provided by a third party, including the status of any licence application, unless granted consent. However, the Department has engaged specifically with representatives of the Kackaamin Family Development Centre, the City of Port Alberni, and the Province of British Columbia in the interest of promoting understanding and discussing community concerns.
The Cannabis Act and the Cannabis Regulations create a strict framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. The purpose of the Act is to protect public health and public safety by keeping cannabis out of the hands of youth and profits out of the pockets of criminals, and providing adults with legal access to a quality-controlled source of cannabis. In order to achieve these aims, any licence application for medical marijuana facilities undergo a thorough and rigorous review, and any approved facilities are subject to strict enforcement measures.
Before submitting an application, an applicant must provide written notice of their intentions to the local authorities. The Department processes licence applications in the order received, and begins its review only after the applicant has submitted a complete application, including a site-evidence package that demonstrates that the site is fully built and compliant with the stringent requirements set out in the Act and Regulations. Some of the criteria by which Health Canada assesses an application include:
If Health Canada does issue a licence after this meticulous review, an applicant must comply with the Cannabis Regulations and all other applicable laws and is subject to any enforcement measures. These additional applicable laws include: local by-laws and fire codes; municipal, provincial and territorial laws, such as environmental or nuisance laws; as well as any by-laws/regulations made by a First Nation acting within their legal authority, if the application is for activities located on reserves. Health Canada possesses a range of enforcement tools to verify compliance, including inspections, to ensure that licensees produce, sell, and distribute cannabis in accordance with the Cannabis Regulations.
Health Canada encourages licence applicants to undertake consultation and engagement with local communities to address any concerns or questions they may have about proposed cannabis production facilities. The stringent controls on the commercial cultivation, processing, and sale of quality-controlled cannabis strive to safeguard the public health and safety of communities. Applications for licenses can be refused under grounds outlined in the Regulations, especially if there is a special risk to public health or safety, such as the risk of cannabis being diverted to an illicit market or activity. Such determinations, however, can only be made once the review of an application is complete.
Only validated signatures are counted towards the total number of signatures.