The tough spade work, the foundation-laying, the time-consuming commitment to framing something stout and invigorating — all of that marked the singular collaboration between communities, regulators and lawmakers, and cannabis industry stakeholders during 2017. The challenging toil continues through 2018, but it also comes with hope for Canada’s first harvest of legal recreational marijuana. This is Canada’s year to show the world how to build a vibrant new industry.
The loose coalition has now devoted close to a year to crafting a sensible and sturdy regulatory framework for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing and selling cannabis across Canada. Truly, the hard work began during 2016, when it became clear that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau supported legalization and would commit political capital towards making it happen.
This extraordinary partnership has proven strikingly rewarding. Regulators are receiving input from all points of view, including those of community advocates, academics, scientists and stakeholders, and the painstaking, stone-by-stone construction of a lasting edifice is well on its way.