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article imageDoctors' groups in Canada decline to join anti-pot campaign

By Owen Weldon     Aug 17, 2014 in Health
The main groups that represent doctors in Canada announced that they will not be participating in the upcoming anti-drug campaign targetting young people.
According to CBC, the Health Canada's campaign is coming up and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada released a statement. The statement said that the campaign is just a political football on the country's pot policy.
The statement, which was released on Saturday, went on to say that the groups do not, and have not supported nor endorsed any political messaging or advertising on the issue.
Last week Justin Trudeau, the Liberal Leader, said that the awareness campaign is just a thinly-veiled attack on his party's policy, according to CTV News.
On Friday morning, Trudeau said that it is becoming more clear that the government is ready to use taxpayers' money for partisan gains.
The campaign would not have directly targeted Trudeau's support for legalizing pot sales, according to Ottawa Citizen. However, it does come at a time when the Conservative Party is increasing its attacks on Trudeau's position on pot.
Health Canada will likely still continue to push its anti-pot message at teenagers, as well as their parents. Health Minister Rona Ambrose made an announcement last December, and she said that $11.5 million would be used to fund an educational campaign on young people and the use of drugs.
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