Youth Speak: Cannabis Legalization in the 21st Century

CSSDP Member (left), Owner of Alair Vape Pens (Middle), Youth (Right).

CSSDP Member (left), Owner of Alair Vape Pens (Middle), Youth (Right).

I love working with CSSDP, because their a group of well educated young adults on drug policy. They have the platform to make a difference and they don't waste it. LIFT reached out to CSSDP to listen to the youth speak on cannabis legalization. The event was held at Centre For Social Innovation in downtown Toronto. We spoke on topics such as Age Restriction, Criminalization of Youth, Prevention and Education, Production, Distributions and Restrictions. 

Dr. Catherine Zahn (Task Force Member) with Antuanette Gomez

Dr. Catherine Zahn (Task Force Member) with Antuanette Gomez

It was a beautiful meeting because everyone was able to voice their opinion, and everyone was heard. We were all humbled that our guest speakers took some time out of their day to meet with us and her our real concerns. Dr. Catherine Zahn was very interested in what I had to say about doctors being more involved with cannabis education and not leaving it to a second doctor. I loved speaking/ debating with MP Adam Vaughan on advertising in cannabis, on how it should not be regulated the sam way as alcohol which he was very fond of,  I feel cannabis advertising should be limited to medicinal only i.e. your common prescription drug medication that takes up 25% of television  time. 

MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Left), Jenna Valleriani (Middle)  

MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Left), Jenna Valleriani (Middle)  

All in all, Jenna Valleriani and Dessy Pavola did a phenomenal job creating this event. I was able to connect with a lot of other youth in cannabis from all over Canada. And meet the people who are in charge of changing the laws, I feel honored to be invited to this event to change the direction of Cannabis Legalization.  

Our Guest Speakers: 

Dr. Catherine Zahn (Task Force Member)

Dr. Zahn was appointed President and CEO of the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health in 2009. Previously, she held senior executive positions at the University Health Network for twelve years. She received her MD and an MSc in Health Administration from the University of Toronto. Dr. Zahn is a Professor in the U of T faculty of Medicine and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. She has made numerous contributions to health care through her leadership in hospital integration, technology assessment and mental healthcare system improvement.

MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith

Nathaniel (Nate) Erskine-Smith is the Member of Parliament for Beaches-East York. He sits on the Public Safety & National Security Committee and the Access to Information, Privacy, & Ethics Committee. He is also the President of the Canadian Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union. In this role, he will represent Canada at parliamentary conferences around the world. Nate became the M.P. on October 19, 2015, after a successful grassroots open nomination in December 2014.

MP Adam Vaughan

Adam Vaughan was first elected to the House of Commons as Member of Parliament for Trinity-
Spadina on June 30, 2014. On October 19, 2015, Adam was re-elected in the new riding of Spadina-Fort York. Adam Vaughan was elected twice to Toronto City Council before voters sent him to Ottawa to represent urban issues in Parliament. As an activist and as a journalist, Adam has played a significant role in the social and economic growth of Toronto. Adam Vaughan brings a lifetime of experience to federal politics. On City Council he played a major role in reforming the planning process in the city. He led successful campaigns to rebuild and revitalize existing public housing stock while initiating new policies to create family housing, supportive housing and new co-op housing programs in Toronto. On December 2, 2015, Adam was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Intergovernmental Affairs.

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