MP Diane Finley Urges Community to Participate in Petition to address Cannabis growing loopholes

 

 

 

October 22, 2020

Simcoe, ON – “For years now, Liberal Health Ministers have been unwilling to address the serious issues within the legal regime governing medical marijuana growing, particularly what’s referred to as the designated grower component of the regulations.” said Haldimand-Norfolk Member of Parliament Diane Finley.

On October 22, 2020 petition e-2920 was launched to give Canadians an opportunity to call on the Government of Canada to take action on this growing problem.

“The designated grower program is rife with abuse, lacks sufficient oversight from Health Canada, and has loopholes that allow operations to grow to the size of large-scale commercial operations, with none of the oversights or controls that would prevent odours and environmental impacts on our communities. Law enforcement is also aware of a growing number of designated grower facilities that are linked to organized crime,” stated Finley.

The petition will remain open until January 20, 2021. Those wishing to participate in the petition can visit https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-2920, to add their name in support.

“I encourage as many people as possible to visit the petition website and show your support and send a message to the government. The people of Haldimand-Norfolk, and communities right across the country, have been dealing with the consequences of this poorly crafted program. Loopholes need to be closed, and our local officials and law enforcement need the tools to investigate and prosecute unlawful operations and to safeguard against the impact that unlawful growers are having on Canadians health and quality of life,” concluded Finley.