Filipino doctor in charge of Canada’s largest city calls for ban on marijuana candy

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Dr. Eileen de Villa, the City of Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health is calling on the Government of Canada to ban cannabis edibles that might appeal to children, specifically cannabis-infused candies such as gummi bears and lollipops.

Dr. de Villa’s recommendation was recently approved by the City of Toronto’s Board of Health.

Speaking to CP24, Dr. de Villa said that the Government of Canada must take steps to prohibit the sale of cannabis-infused candies that children might find appealing.

Dr. de Villa said that the City of Toronto’s Board of Health supports the legalization of cannabis, but believes that regulations must be enforced to minimize the potential health risks involved in the use of the drug.

The City of Toronto’s Board of Health also made recommendations to develop monitoring tools to measure cannabis consumption rates, as well as to gauge the full range of the drug’s effect on health.

Cannabis edibles are still illegal in Canada, with amendments to the Cannabis Act allowing the sale of edible products not taking effect until October.

Health Canada is presently conducting public consultations on the regulation of cannabis edibles, as well as extracts and topical products.

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