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e-2450 (Health)

Initiated by Raphael Louis from Nepean, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons in Parliament assembled

  • Cannabidiol (CBD) is the non-addictive, non-intoxicating, non-psychoactive part of the cannabis plant that is associated with a number of health benefits;
  • CBD can relieve stress, improve sleep, and reduce pain;
  • CBD is legal but it is regulated as a controlled substance in the same way that Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) containing cannabis products are, or as prescription drugs when it is used for medicinal purposes;
  • As stated by the Canadian Health Food Association, “CBD does not pose a risk to human health sufficient to justify its inclusion on the PDL [Prescription Drug List] at certain doses (for example, up to 200 to 600 mg per day), and instead, is more appropriately regulated pursuant to the natural health product (NHP) or supplemented food pathways”;
  • CBD is used as a natural health product, yet CBD can only be legally obtained with a prescription or at licensed recreational cannabis stores;
  • It is illegal to transport any prescription CBD or any other cannabis products over the border, while crossing the border with other controlled substances such as prescription opioids remains legal;
  • The current restrictions on CBD products limits Canada’s potential of becoming a global leader in CBD products and research; and
  • The current restrictions on CBD products also encourages the production and distribution in the illegal market, with unknown potency and potential contaminants.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons in Parliament assembled to:
1. Amend the regulation of CBD and classify CBD as a natural health product;
2. Remove CBD from the Prescription Drug List at certain dosages (i.e. 200-600 mg/day); and
3. Legalize the transportation of CBD products across the Canadian border.
Open for signature
February 27, 2020, at 3:09 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
June 26, 2020, at 3:09 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Paul Manly (Nanaimo—Ladysmith)
September 28, 2020 (Petition No. 432-00020)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia
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