Proposed Cannabis Packaging Rules Will Embolden The Black Market

David Clement
North American Affairs Manager
Consumer Choice Center

Proposed Cannabis Packaging Rules Will Embolden The Black Market

Ottawa, Ontario. – The Government of Canada recently unveiled its initial consultation document outlining proposed regulations for cannabis legalization. Part of the proposal are strict limitations on the use of branding and colours on cannabis packaging, otherwise known as plain packaging.

David Clement, North American Affairs Manager of the Consumer Choice Center (CCC), said the packaging restrictions are tremendously misguided and will only serve to empower the black market.

“The proposal to significantly limit branding on legal cannabis packaging is going to embolden black market sales. We know this because as the government mandates uniformity in packaging, it becomes easier for criminal actors to pass off contraband as legal goods. We raised concerns about the packaging mandate back in April, so it is troubling to see the government continue down this road when it is well documented how branding bans have extreme negative externalities,” said Clement.

***CCC North American Affairs Manager David Clement is available to speak with accredited media on cannabis regulations and consumer choice issues. Please send media inquiries HERE.***

The CCC represents consumers in over 100 countries across the globe. We closely monitor regulatory trends in Ottawa, Washington, Brussels, Geneva and other hotspots of regulation and inform and activate consumers to fight for #ConsumerChoice. Learn more at consumerchoicecenter.org.

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