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May 28th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with MP Bill Blair, RCMP, Health Canada, Justice Canada, CBSA & Public Safety

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here to answer our questions again today. Mr. Blair, since the bill was introduced and throughout the committee hearings, we heard from some people how cannabis is far less dangerous than alcohol, but that notion is really not reflected in Bill C-45. For example, penalties are way harsher for having 6 grams of cannabis in a bag than 6 bottles of beer. If cannabis is so much safer than alcohol, why is the punishment for youth so much harsher with cannabis…
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May 25th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: I have a couple of questions for Justice. First, legal experts such as the Bureau du Québec testified that the government was at risk of class action lawsuits if labelling and promotion provisions were not improved. Did you anticipate a scenario of class action lawsuits against the government? Ms. Labelle: This question was also asked of us when we appeared before the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee. Also a government response was provided in writing to one of the…
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May 24th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. I have so many questions that I think I’m just going to try to give bullet questions to see if can I get bullet answers and get as many as I can in. Following Senator Manning’s questions, why is there such a difference in the cost of recreational marijuana and medical marijuana? Mr. Jacob: As Philippe was saying, the costs do line up. But perhaps your question is why is there such a difference from top to low end. Is that more to the point? Senat…
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May 23rd 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you, gentlemen, for all being here. I have a couple of questions. My first question is for Dr. Lake. In an article that I saw in the Financial Post, it stated that you will be selling product at an average of $5.40 a gram to the province of Quebec, and according to StatsCan, the price in Quebec for the month of March averaged $5.93 a gram. The margin for the province to compete with the illicit market is very thin at this point. In context with Bill C-45, where the govern…
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May 22nd 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here. My question is for Ms. Forrest. In the article that you co-authored in Maclean’s, you say: But our approach to alcohol regulation, which is the model that Canada’s legal-marijuana plan is copying, is similarly failing to prevent use in underage users, the exact population we are most concerned that marijuana will harm. Can you expand on your thoughts? In your opinion, are we exposing ourselves to underaged use of cannabis to increase as well as i…
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May 10th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Foreign Affairs & International Trade Steering and Other Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here and for your presentations. I think my question is going to be to Ms. Skeer. In your presentation, you highlighted that edible marijuana is extremely problematic in many different areas, and you were extremely clear in your presentation about what it is. We’ve heard from all the witnesses we’ve had about the risk to youth from 18 to 25, about the development of the brain if they’re smoking marijuana. In your presentation, you also talked about a fiv…
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May 9th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with the Government of New Brunswick & the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

Senator Poirier: Thank you both for being here and for your presentations. My first question is for you, minister. You made a comment a few minutes ago about ensuring we have the right public information out there on the cannabis legislation. The task force recommended the minister provide Canadians with that information to ensure they understood the regulatory system. However, we heard last week, from the Canadian Bar Association and also from other witnesses, that right now what many Canadian…
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May 7th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with the National Security and Defence Committee Steering and Other Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for the presentations. I have two questions. Hopefully time will allow me to put them through. Both are for Mr. Freedman. In an interview with the Westword in September 2017, you said: Once an industry gets moving in a certain direction, it’s hard to go back and revisit it because a lot of people have a lot of capital invested in whatever direction it’s going. So there is a momentum on its own. Some of the changes that might have been easy at first become harder…
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May 3rd 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you both for your presentation. Dr. Finn, you didn’t paint a pretty picture. I can tell you that. A lot of what you’ve mentioned, I did start taking notes, but there were so many I didn’t catch them all. A lot of the increases that you’re seeing and talking about are also a lot of the items that we’re seeing that people are fearing with the legalization of marijuana, also of the increased cost to health care and the increased risk to your health, among many other things.…
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May 2nd 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Steering, the Aboriginal Peoples Committee Steering and Other Witnesses

Senator Poirier: My thanks to all three of you for being here. Thank you for the work your committees have done over the last few weeks to prepare the report you have just presented. I have some questions for you. [English] The first question I have is a follow up to the question my colleague Senator Seidman was asking. We were talking about Jean-Marc Fournier. Can you speak to the constitutional question that Mr. Fournier raised during the hearings? Senator Joyal: I will ask Senator Dupuis,…
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