“Across Canada, too many families are tragically losing parents, siblings and children to the opioid crisis. From downtown neighbourhoods to our most remote areas, no community has been untouched by these dangerous drugs.”

Don Davies, NDP MP for Vancouver–Kingsway, told The Early Edition’s Stephen Quinn that it’s important to keep the area affordable — for housing needs but also for small businesses.

Last year, NDP MP Don Davies said the extra year of cannabis-infused product prohibition wasn’t needed because Canadians are still likely to purchase those goods but through unregulated channels.

“We need the face of federal law to make this important and profoundly necessary change.”

On Sunday, MPs Jenny Kwan, Don Davies and Nathan Cullen held a town hall at the Aboriginal Friendship Centre to discuss the project.

NDP health critic Don Davies said the exclusion of edibles, concentrates and non-smokable products amounts to a “glaring hole”…

“An online petition calling for medical marijuana to be exempt from a new cannabis tax has garnered over 11,000 signatures and a parliamentary sponsor, Vancouver-Kingsway NDP MP Don Davies.”

“Critics including MP Don Davies have said that no more meaningful data is expected to arise in the next year, and it’s commonly understood that edibles likely have less of a negative health impact than cannabis smoke.”

Extending the length of time a drug-maker can shield information is a mistake that will mean higher drug costs for provinces, territories, employers and employees who cost-share drug plans, added NDP health critic Don Davies.

“NDP MP and health critic Don Davies questioned how the federal government agreeing to this provision aligns with its promise to explore implementing a national pharmacare plan.”