05/18/2016 08:26 EDT | Updated 05/19/2017 05:12 EDT

Marijuana Lobby Group Renamed Cannabis Canada, In Sign Of Times

Cannabis industry preps for coming legalization.

OTTAWA — In a sign of the times, the country's licensed medical marijuana producers have renamed their trade group Cannabis Canada.

The association says the scope of its work is evolving along with a changing environment — which includes the Trudeau Liberal government's promise to legalize and regulate the sale of non-medical marijuana.

The Harper Conservatives had already relaxed rules governing the production, sale and distribution of marijuana for medical purposes — providing a legal framework for a new industry producing pot and derived products.

OrganiGram director of operations Nico Hache examines growing cannabis plants intended for the medical marijuana market at the company's facilities in Moncton, N.B., on April 14, 2016. (Canadian Press photo)

Cannabis Canada will include licensed producers that have been represented by the Canadian Medical Cannabis Industry Association but will also accept applications from other types of stakeholder.

Its stated mission is to support the development of a regulated pot industry and promote industry standards.

Canada's federal government says it will introduce new legislation in the spring of 2017.

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