The Standing Committee on Health (HESA)’s public hearings on Bill C-45 will begin next week. As previously outlined on CCL, at this stage, panel discussions of the Bill are open to witnesses, including individuals, experts, and organizations that will be affected by it. Witnesses are open to discuss the principle of the Bill and its specific provisions, and are invited to express their opinions on what they feel could or should be amended at the committee stage.
Notices of Meetings were released for sittings taking place Monday – Friday. The notices detail the subject matter of each day’s panel discussions and who will be appearing as witnesses. Each meeting will be televised and available to the public on ParlVU.
Here is the schedule of what to expect on each day next week:
Monday September 11, 2017
On Monday, the majority of the day will be spent on “Federal, Provincial and Territorial Responsibilities”, which will be broken up into three separate panels. Witnesses for those panels include: Jacqueline Bogden, Assistant Deputy Minister, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch, appearing on behalf of the Department of Health; and The Honourable Ann McLellan, Senior Advisor at Bennett Jones LLP, appearing as an individual.
Monday will also see a panel on “Justice and Public Safety” in the afternoon where representatives of the Canadian Medical Association, Canada Border Services Agency, and others, will sit as witnesses.
To access the Notice of Meeting for Monday’s hearings, click here.
Tuesday September 12, 2017
Tuesday morning will be a continuation of the “Justice and Public Safety” panels from Monday. Representatives from various police organizations across the country, among others, will participate as witnesses.
In the afternoon, panels on “Other Jurisdictions’ Experiences” will begin. Multiple witnesses come from states where recreational cannabis is legal, including Colorado and Washington State, and will no doubt shed light on the US experience of legalization.
To access the Notice of Meeting for Tuesday’s hearings, click here.
Wednesday September 13, 2017
Wednesday will feature panels on “Household Cultivation of Plants”, “Age for Legal Possession and Impact on Young Canadians”, and “Prevention, Treatment, and Low Risk Use.” These topics, especially the latter two, have been discussed heavily in the press leading up to these hearings. Witnesses will include a number of representatives from health-related organizations like the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, Canadian Public Health Association, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and more.
To access the Notice of Meeting for Wednesday’s hearings, click here.
Thursday September 14, 2017
Thursday morning will see the continuation of “Prevention, Treatment, and Low Risk Use” panels. The afternoon will focus on “Workplace Safety,” “Indigenous Communities” and “Labelling and Packaging.” Witnesses for labelling and packaging include the Non-Smokers’ Rights Association policy representatives.
To access the Notice of Meeting for Thursday’s hearings, click here.
Friday September 15, 2017
Lastly, Friday will see a panel on “Edible Products”, featuring Sensible BC director, Dana Larsen as a witness. The afternoon panel topics will feature “Medical Marijuana”, “Municipalities” and “International Considerations.” Witnesses for those panels will include Marc and Jodie Emery, of Cannabis Culture, among others.
To access the Notice of Meeting for Friday’s hearings, click here.
Continue to check CCL throughout next week as we will be providing highlights of the discussions that take place at the hearings.