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Canada proposes plain packaging, warning symbols for cannabis products

Canadian public health department Health Canada said March 19 that it recommends further regulations before the legalization of marijuana in the country with the proposed Cannabis Act.

The proposed regulations include warning symbols on cannabis products and plain packaging to reduce their "appeal" to youth.

The regulations will prevent accidental consumption and inform consumers of the risks and harms of marijuana. Health Canada will also regulate production, distribution and sale of cannabis and require the industry to meet quality standards, and prohibit them from promoting to the youth.

The department said the current approach to cannabis "does not work" since young people are consuming the substance in high numbers.

"We are taking a public health approach to legalizing and regulating cannabis, and we are committed to keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth," said Ginette Taylor, minister of health. "Measures such as the packaging and labeling requirements announced today will help to achieve this goal."