In Wake of Explosion at Illegal Dispensary, Cannabis Canada Association Urges Swift Action by All Levels of Government to Minimize Further Harm to Communities

OTTAWA, Aug. 24, 2016 /CNW/ - In the wake of the explosion on Friday night at an illegal marijuana dispensary in the Forest Hill neighbourhood of Toronto, Cannabis Canada Association, the leading organization of Canada's Licensed Producers of Medical Cannabis, reminds the federal government that there is no time to waste in putting in place a legal framework for the legalization of marijuana and urges provinces and municipalities to continue to proactively enforce Canada's laws and shut down illegal marijuana operations, including dispensaries, in the interim.

"This unfortunate incident, where an explosion was triggered in a busy city neighbourhood, and a person working in an illegal dispensary badly burned, underlines the need for governments to be acting swiftly and decisively to protect citizens," said Colette Rivet, Executive Director of the Association.

About Cannabis Canada Association

Cannabis Canada is the leading organization of Canada's Licensed Producers of Medical Cannabis under Health Canada's Marijuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR), which has been recently modified and renamed Access to Cannabis for Medical Purposes Regulations (ACMPR).

The Association's mission is to act as the national voice for our members in their promotion of industry standards, and to support the development, growth and integrity of the regulated cannabis industry. The Association serves as a trusted resource on issues related to the safe and responsible use of cannabis for medical and non-medical purposes.

Members of Cannabis Canada share a philosophy of both patient-centric care and improved public health, and are committed to product safety and quality, secure and reliable access and the promotion of the safe and effective use of cannabis.


SOURCE Cannabis Canada Association

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For further information: Colette Rivet, Executive Director, Cannabis Canada Association,, 613.407.1080


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