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Starting July 2018, Cannabis will be legal in Canada. The CAFC is concerned that the Federal Government is overlooking the implications for fire safety in the proposed framework for the legalization of and regulation of Cannabis that have been clearly identified by the NFPA (National Fire Protection Agency) and through the lessons of our colleagues in the U.S.


Growing Cannabis come with fire hazards.  Based on the experiences in Colorado, the NFPA create a new chapter under it’s Fire Code that’s currently under review and will likely be approved this year.  The legalization of Cannabis in Canada is likely the Building and Fire Code in Canada. We urge the Federal Government to to take proactive measures on such issues through the legalization and regulation of Cannabis.


These include considerations around:

  • explosion conditions,
  • fumigation,
  • automation sprinkler systems,
  • automatic emergency power systems,
  • hazardous materials,
  • exhaust,
  • fumes,
  • carbon dioxide emission,
  • Flammable and combustible liquid extraction systems,
  • Inspection and education.      


To read more about the Federal Government laws and regulations around the legalization of cannabis, please visit their website. 


You can also read a summary of the comments received during consultation. 


Also, you can read the CAFC’s submission to Health Canada.



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