Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation: Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to MarijuanaRelease Date: 09/02/2016 Staff Reference: Joan Weir
September 2, 2016
Task Force on cannabis Legalization and Regulation
Government of Canada
Re: Toward the Legalization, Regulation and Restriction of Access to cannabis
The Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association (CLHIA) appreciates the opportunity to provide comments on the Government of Canada’s Task Force on cannabis Legalization and Regulation’s Discussion Paper on the legalization, regulation and restriction of access to cannabis (the “Paper”).
The CLHIA, established in 1894, is a voluntary trade association that represents the collective interests of its member life and health insurance companies. The Association's membership accounts for 99 per cent of the life and health insurance in force in Canada.
The industry provides a wide range of supplementary health insurance products to 24 million Canadians. In 2015, insurers paid out $32.2 billion in supplementary health benefits, including $10.7 billion in prescription drugs.
The Government of Canada has made its decision to legalize cannabis and we appreciate the work that the Task Force has undertaken to make recommendations related to the structure of a legalized cannabis regime. We also appreciate the opportunity to participate in the consultations, both through the Paper and the roundtable meetings held across the country...