The Government of Canada enacted the federal Cannabis Act on October 17, 2018, with the goal of modernizing cannabis control and strictly regulating and restricting access to cannabis in Canada. The Cannabis Act requires that the Minister of Health initiate a review of the Act three years after coming into force, with a report tabled to both Houses of Parliament no later than 18 months after the start of the review. An independent Expert Panel has now been set up to lead that review.

During the first phase of its work, the Expert Panel will undertake an assessment of the impacts of the Cannabis Act to date, including evidence gathering and analysis and engagement with stakeholders and the public. In addition to other activities, the Panel will be informed by the results of an online public engagement process, including a questionnaire. The second phase of the Panel’s work will focus on providing advice in a report to Parliament that the Government could use to prioritize improvement or reform initiatives to the Cannabis Act.

Norfolk County encourages anyone interested to voice their opinion on the Cannabis Act by completing the Federal Government’s online questionnaire which can be found HERE.

The questionnaire is open until November 21, 2022.

Click HERE for additional information.