Posted August 29, 2018 ¦ Last Updated August 31, 2018
The Government of Canada introduced the launch of a new cannabis tracking system to keep the criminal element from penetrating the legal system.
To achieve this, the government said it will closely track the movement of cannabis from where it is cultivated, to where it is process, and to where it is sold.
The system they said is an important milestone in preparation for legalization, as it will allow the government to track the movement of cannabis in order to prevent diversion, that being – keeping legal marijuana from entering the illegal market and illegal marijuana from entering the legal market.
Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair stated, “We have been clear about our objective of keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime. The Cannabis Tracking System is one of several legislative and regulatory measures designed to help prevent the movement of cannabis from the legal market to the illegal market, and vice versa. Other measures include routine and unannounced inspections and rigorous personnel and physical security requirements.”
The government already has a seed-to-sale tracking system that has been in place for nearly 5 years to track marijuana for medical purposes, the new system they said builds on this current system that has “proven to work”.
Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor commented, “The launch of the Cannabis Tracking System represents another important step in our public health approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis. Building on a system that has proven to work for cannabis for medical purposes, the Cannabis Tracking System will be instrumental in helping to prevent legal cannabis from being diverted to the illegal market.”
Health Canada also said the tracking system will “only collect data that is necessary for Health Canada to track cannabis at a national level,” and will not collect personal consumer information on individuals.
Health Canada provided the following facts on the new tracking system:
- The Cannabis Act provides the Minister of Health with the authority to track the high-level movement of cannabis across Canada, preventing diversion of legal product to illegal markets.
- The Ministerial Order establishing the Cannabis Tracking System will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II and will be available on Health Canada’s website on September 5, 2018. It will come into effect on October 17, 2018, at the same time as the Cannabis Act.
- Federal licence holders will be required to submit data on a monthly basis via an online portal managed by Health Canada. Provincial and territorial bodies will report distribution and retail data via the same portal.
- Health Canada will publish market data collected through the Cannabis Tracking System on its website as it does today for market data related to cannabis for medical purposes.
- Non-compliance will be enforced with sanctions ranging from warning letters, to monetary penalties, to suspension or revocation of licences.
By Marijuana.Ca Staff