Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health Canada Will Actively Monitor for Marijuana Advertising Violators

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Health Canada Will Actively Monitor for Marijuana Advertising Violators

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Ottawa to crack down on marijuana advertising

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MONTREAL - Health Minister Rona Ambrose ordered a crackdown on groups that illegally advertise marijuana and re-stated the Conservative party's pledge to keep storefront dispensaries illegal Saturday on the eve of the expected launch of a federal election campaign.

"Today I directed Health Canada to create a task force to crack down on illegal marijuana advertising," Ambrose said in a statement.

"This task force will ensure that those who engage in such illegal activities are stopped, and should these illegal activities continue, promptly referred to law enforcement."

Health Canada issued a statement saying it will begin actively monitoring marijuana advertising instead of acting mostly on the basis of complaints.

Under current law, only regulated parties such as licenced producers are allowed to advertise basic, non-promotional information.

Ambrose's pre-campaign statement made multiple references to Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau and described his stance on marijuana as "irresponsible."

"While Justin Trudeau wants to legalize marijuana making it easier for youth to buy and smoke, this Conservative Government does not support making access to illegal drugs easier," she said.

The Liberals countered that the Conservatives' approach to marijuana is an "unmitigated failure."

Liberal MP Hedy Fry said in an emailed statement that a 2013 UNICEF study found that Canada has the highest level of cannabis use among teenagers of all the countries in the developed world.

"Ms. Ambrose's ideology fails Canadians," Fry said.

Although medical marijuana can be legally obtained with a prescription, the Conservative government has made no secret of the fact that it disapproves. …

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