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plastic waste

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Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Doug Ford, David Pacini, HEALTH CANADA, Justin Trudeau, Jonathan Wilkinson

Remove the 10mg THC limit on edible cannabis

I would like to address a growing issue that I see on a regular basis. The 10mg cap of THC in Canada on edible cannabis products. Having such a limit on a product is causing more harm than good, it’s perpetuating the stigma around cannabis and even worse is becoming an environmental concern. I work in the cannabis industry, in a small-town at the only legal dispensary Stash & Co. Having first-hand experience at selling cannabis products has led me to see a growing issue. Having a 10mg limit is causing many customers to have to purchase uncomfortable amounts of packages at a time. While current limits allow you to purchase over 40 packs at once, you can see the hesitation in customers when having to ask for 5, 10 or 15 packs. Having to purchase such a large number of packages and then needing to return 3 – 4 days later to make another purchase would make anyone feel like they are a heavy “user”. When in reality a person consuming to relax at the end of the day and help with resting can go through 30 – 35 and even 50 - 60 packs a week. By not having a limit, legal companies responsible for making these products could make packs with higher levels and would be purchased less often. Removing the limit and having the ability to purchase the amount that suits each consumer also helps remove the stigma around cannabis as well, as customers won’t have to feel like they’re over purchasing a product and the employees at Stash & Co don’t have to feel like they are contributing to a widespread problem of the over use of plastic packages.   By having a limit in place, the plastic consumption to produce these packages is astronomical, we have a government who is supposed to be fighting to reduce our plastic consumption but then enacts a limit that causes an industry to use more plastic than we have ever seen in any other industry. A regular cannabis user would need to consume 5 – 7 packs! of the HIGHEST limit packages to even feel an effect!!   Some packs come with 4 small gummies some come with just 1, a full-size package and resealable bag for 1 soft candy. In 2021 Canada’s consumption rate was around 30,000 kilograms of cannabis per month. 30,000 x 12 = 360,000 per year, in grams that would be, 360,000 x 1000 = 360,000,000 and assuming between 70-78 grams of plastic packaging are generated for every one gram of flower that would be 360,000,000 x 74 = 26,640,000,000 grams, or 58,743,109 lbs just in plastic. That is a very serious number…. Nearly SIXTY MILLION pounds of plastic. Of course, not all of that cannabis would have ended up going to packages to be sold on the floor, some would go to processing other products like, edibles, concentrates, vape cartridges which all have their own packages so it’s possible it could be more… It’s safe to say, a lot of plastic is going to this industry and anyway to cut down on the plastic consumption is a positive step forward.    Lastly, another benefit would be cost saving for the company and therefore the customer, by having to produce so many packages there would be a cost savings to being able to put higher amounts in a single package. I know from our location that services an older population; any savings would be helpful. So please, let the companies that you have legally allowed to produce these products do what’s best for their customer, their product and most of all what’s best for the environment. As a cannabis consumer I should not have to feel that my enjoyment of a simply grown product is at the harm of the environment. Thanks for your time, One concerned Budtender, Dennis Gagnon   **************************************************This petition is addressed to Health Canada, Justin Trudeau, Doug Ford Jonathan Wilkinson and David Picini. 

Dennis G
671 supporters
Update posted 5 months ago

Petition to Minister Jeff Yurek

The Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act (OSDWA) Fails To Protect Us

Ontario residents are encouraged to use tap water to avoid single use plastics.  And rightfully so.  But what happens when our municipal tap water is in violation of the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act?  … Absolutely nothing happens if you live in Tottenham, New Tecumseth, Ontario, Canada, that's what! There are many troubling aspects to the municipally supplied drinking water in the Village of Tottenham.  These include raw water filled with high levels of bromide, ammonia and methane.  The location of the wells near industrial factories known to contaminate the surrounding soil.   But most disturbing to residents is the ten years of exposure to potentially carcinogenic Trihalomethanes (THMs).  Ontario residents living in Tottenham were exposed to THMs that exceeded the OSDW Act maximum of 100 ug/L and residents were not advised that their drinking water contained a potential health threat. For multiple decades, the municipally supplied drinking water in Tottenham has contained iron levels more than double the “aesthetic” limit of 300ug/L, which government health agencies claim are safe under the OSDW Act.  Yet research shows that iron levels greater than this limit may have serious health implications. Levels, like those in Tottenham, that are two and half times the aesthetic maximum create iron bacteria which is a biofilm.  Biofilm is known to protect viruses and bacteria, such as pneumoniae and legionnellosis, from the effects of chlorine in drinking water and may even encourage colonization of these viruses and bacteria. For all of these issues, we are told by municipal and provincial officials to deal with these issues on our own, despite the legal responsibility of our municipalities to deliver clean, safe drinking water to our homes. So... How many times can an Act be violated?  What is the threshold for non-compliance:  one violation, two violations?  What is the time period that Act contraventions are allowed:  one year, two years?Are Ontarians protected under the OSDW Act if violations are allowed?More importantly, when non-compliance is permitted for such an egregious number of years, are Ontario residents really protected?Would there be consequences if a private citizen were to violate an Act?How do we make necessary changes to the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act?How can Tottenham residents in New Tecumseth, Ontario trust that their drinking water is safe? Part One, Report of the Walkerton Inquiry, pg 42, states: “…people trusted the drinking water and those who operated and oversaw the water system. This trust was shattered.” We know for certain that the residents of Tottenham, who use municipal drinking water, have experienced, witnessed and been exposed to Ontario Safe Drinking Water (OSDW) Act violations for an entire decade.  We demand to have these 10 years of violations be investigated and hold those responsible accountable.  We demand changes that will protect residents governed by the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act.  And we demand access to our BASIC HUMAN RIGHT to clean, safe water in Tottenham and other communities with similar drinking water issues across Ontario. If you agree that Tottenham, as well as every other community across Ontario deserves serious investigation into violations to the Ontario Safe Drinking Water Act; changes to the Act are necessary to protect the health and property of our residents, followed by long term solutions to the issues, then please sign this petition and share your experience and opinions.

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4,562 supporters