Canada's doctors decline to join anti-marijuana campaign
Doctor groups say they do not support any 'political messaging' on anti-drug issue
CBC News Posted: Aug 16, 2014 2:33 PM ET
“The educational campaign has now become a political football on Canada's marijuana policy,” said a joint statement released Saturday by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
“We did not, and do not, support or endorse any political messaging or political advertising on this issue.”
The release said all three organizations had been “invited to co-brand and provide expert advice” on the public campaign, initiated and funded by Health Canada.
This would mean the groups would have their logos along with endorsements emblazoned on all the advertising.
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