Senate Passes Bill C-45 with Amendments

On June 7, 2018, Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) passed third reading in the Senate, but not before Senators had added dozens of amendments to the legislation. The Bill will now go back to the House of Commons, where Members of Parliament will decide which amendments they wish to keep.

Some of the notable amendments include:

  • Giving provinces and territories the authority to make final decisions on home cultivation, including the ability to ban home cultivation altogether.
  • Establishing a public registry of cannabis industry investors and directors.
  • Providing the federal government (Parliament and Senate) with the right to vote on the introduction of future products (e.g. edibles, vaporizers).
  • Disallowing companies from promoting cannabis on merchandise and non-cannabis objects.

Next steps begin with the House of Commons voting on which amendments to adopt and sending the Bill back to the Senate for a final vote. Should the Senate disagree with the amendments accepted by Members of Parliament, Senators may send the Bill back to the House of Commons. If the Senate approves the amended legislation and Bill C-45 receives Royal Assent, legalization of non-medical cannabis is expected to come into force following an 8-12 week transition period.

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