Health Committee Considers Bill C-45

Health Committee Considers Bill C-45

September 11, 2017 6amET


Ahead of Parliament’s return, the Standing Committee on Health meets each day this week to consider the government’s cannabis bill (C-45), with testimony on the justice system, young Canadians, labelling, medical use, and more.

Watch the hearings live on CPAC.ca

The committee has already received several dozen written submissions. Read Bill C-45 in full:

-Andrew Thomson


Here is the schedule and key witnesses:

MONDAY: FEDERAL, PROVINCIAL, AND TERRITORIAL RESPONSIBILITIES

8:30amET

  • Federal officials from the Health, Justice, and Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness departments

10:45amET

  • Anne McLellan, former justice minister and chair of the federal Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
  • Ottawa criminal lawyer Michael Spratt
  • Dr. Mark Ware, McGill University associate professor of family medicine and vice-chair of the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation
  • David Johnston, president and CEO, Canadian Association for Pharmacy Distribution Management
  • Shelita Dattani, Canadian Pharmacists Association

1:45pmET

  • Officials from the Saskatchewan justice department

 

MONDAY: JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

4pmET

  • Laurent Marcoux, president of the Canadian Medical Association
  • Officials from the Canada Border Services Agency, Vancouver Police Department, and Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

 

TUESDAY: JUSTICE AND PUBLIC SAFETY

8:30amET

  • Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Saskatoon Police Service

10:45amET

  • Neil Boyd, criminology professor, Simon Fraser University
  • Christian Leuprecht, political science professor, Royal Military College
  • Members of the Barreau de Québec and the Criminal Lawyers’ Association

 

TUESDAY: EXPERIENCE IN OTHER JURISDICTIONS

1:45pmET

  • Sam Kamin, marijuana law and policy professor, University of Denver
  • Colorado Department of Revenue
  • Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) Canada

4pmET

  • Marco Vasquez, retired Colorado police chief
  • Andrew Freedman, Colorado’s former director of marijuana coordination
  • Kevin Sabet, president and CEO, Smart Approaches to Marijuana
  • Washington State Department of Health

 

WEDNESDAY: HOUSEHOLD PLANT CULTIVATION

8:30amET

  • John Conroy, Abbotsford, B.C. criminal defence lawyer
  • John Dickie, president of the Canadian Federation of Apartment Associations

 

WEDNESDAY: AGE FOR LEGAL CONSUMPTION, IMPACT ON YOUNG CANADIANS

10:45amET

  • Christina Grant, associate professor of pediatrics, McMaster University
  • Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, Canadian Public Health Association, Educators for Sensible Drug Policy, Portage

1:45pmET

  • Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse and Addiction, Drug Free Kids Canada, Institut national de santé publique du Québec

 

WEDNESDAY: PREVENTION, TREATMENT, LOW-RISK USE

4pmET

  • Dr. Gabor Maté, addiction expert
  • Dr. Sharon Levy, director of the Adolescent Substance Abuse Program at Boston Children’s Hospital
  • Dr. Eileen de Villa, the City of Toronto’s medical officer of health
  • Witnesses from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

THURSDAY: PREVENTION, TREATMENT, LOW-RISK USE

8:30amET

  • Michael DeVillaer, assistant professor and policy analyst at McMaster University
  • Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health
  • Canadian Nurses Association

THURSDAY: WORKPLACE SAFETY

10:45amET

  • Trina Fraser, Ottawa lawyer and cannabis law expert
  • Norm Keith, Toronto lawyer specializing in occupational health and safety
  • Officials from the Department of Employment and Social Development

THURSDAY: INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

1:45pmET

  • Métis Nation British Columbia
  • Métis National Council

THURSDAY: LABELLING AND PACKAGING

4pmET

  • David Hammond, associate professor, University of Waterloo’s School of Public Health and Health Systems
  • Non-Smokers’ Rights Association

FRIDAY: EDIBLE PRODUCTS

8:30amET

  • Ryan Vandrey, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Johns Hopkins University
  • Dana Larsen, director of Sensible BC
  • Daniel Vigil of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment

FRIDAY: MEDICINAL MARIJUANA

10:45amET

  • Members of the BC Compassionate Club Society
  • Jonathan Zaid, executive director of Canadians for Fair Access to Medical Marijuana

FRIDAY: MUNICIPAL CONCERNS

1:45pmET

  • Marc and Jodie Emery
  • Lisa Holmes, mayor of Morinville, Alta. and president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association
  • Brock Carlton, CEO of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

FRIDAY: INTERNATIONAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR CANADA

4pmET

  • Steven Hoffman, professor, York University Faculty of Health
  • Beau Kilmer, co-director of the RAND Drug Policy Research Center
  • Kirk Tousaw, B.C. lawyer and advocate for repealing cannabis prohibition
  • Canada Border Services Agency

TOP PHOTO: Joe Mahoney/The Canadian Press