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April 30th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here and for your presentations. My first question is for Mr. Bourque from the Canadian Real Estate Association. In your presentation you talked about the possible problems of indoor air quality. You talked about respiratory diseases, mould, spores, fungi and things that could affect the home. Can you share with us what a short-term or long-term consequence to a house structure would be if they have that type of air quality of mould, spores and fungus,…
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April 26th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you all for being here and for sharing your comments, concerns and recommendations with us. It’s greatly appreciated. I have a couple of questions. The first is for Mr. MacDonald. Your company has made recommendations to the federal government, including having a regulatory alcohol and drug testing framework implemented for the employees and having that framework be aligned with the United States. Can you tell us more about the recommended framework and what steps are re…
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April 25th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: The first question I have is for Mr. O’Soup. You said that Bill C-45 does not fully recognize the harmful effect of cannabis on the developing brain. We’ve heard different suggestions about how best to mitigate that risk, from raising the minimum age to purchase the cannabis to restricting cannabis qualities and the potency for those aged 25, as you suggested. Can you tell me why limiting the potency of the THC would be preferable to raising the minimum age and how that might wo…
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April 19th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee - Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: My first question is for Ms. Granger. Quebec and Manitoba have decided to ban growing cannabis at home. We have heard other provinces express concern about this. Do you think growing at home should be banned across Canada? What is your position on this? Ms. Granger: In its presentation, the association’s stand was not to ban it. It is difficult for us to intervene on this. Canada has positioned itself and the provinces are positioning themselves right now. Then, everyone will h…
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April 18th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you, gentlemen, for being here and for the presentations. My first question is for Dr. Fischer. On the CRISM website, there is a public brochure where it says that using cannabis before the age of 16 increases the likelihood of developing health, education and social problems. I was confused by that comment or that brochure. We’ve heard from so many doctors and experts of the risks under 25. At the same time, we are also hearing that the provinces were given the authority…
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April 16th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Various Witnesses

Senator Poirier: Thank you for being here. In speaking with different people over the last months about the cannabis bill, I came to realize that there seems to be a perception out there that there is no danger in taking or smoking cannabis and being out there and driving. At first, it was among some of the youth that I was hearing this, but I’m even hearing it among some adults lately. They don’t see the danger of it. They would not drive with someone who has drunk alcohol, but they don’t see t…
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March 29th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with various cities and Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Senator Poirier: Thank you very much. I had a lot of questions, but I’ll try to keep it within the five minutes also. I’m from a small, rural municipality, and I’m going to bring some points that I’ve heard you say that they have repeated over and over with the RCMP and all those things. It’s an issue -- the bylaws, are there enough in place, are they ready for it. That’s another issue. We’re also hearing that it depends on which province you are in. I know New Brunswick is allowing the homeow…
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March 28th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor

Senator Poirier: Thank you again, Madam Minister. I’m going to ask a question about age. I understand that you explained that the task force has recommended the age of 18. But we also hear health professionals and public health experts every day who tend to prefer the age of 21 or 25, because they say that the consumption of cannabis can adversely affect brain development in some cases. I understand that you set the age of legal consumption at 18, because you say that young people of that age a…
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March 28th 2018 - Social Affairs Committee with Health Canada

Senator Poirier: My question is for Mr. Costen also, and it is on the THC limits. We have heard from the medical professions about the specific danger of the high potency of THC products, particularly for youth between the ages of 18 and 25. Just for one example, a Canadian company called Boutique Cannabis sells 90 per cent of the THC vape pens, including one which goes by the name of Durban Poison. I only have one question, so I’m going to drive it all together here. Is selling any form of can…
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