Article by Glen Korstrom, Business in Vancouver
The House of Commons on June 18 voted 205-82 to accept an amended version of Canada’s Cannabis Act, which would legalize recreational cannabis use countrywide.
The bill now passes back to the Senate, where senators will vote on the new version of the bill – one that includes many of the amendments that the Senate voted on June 7 to approve, but not all of those amendments.
If the Senate passes the bill, it will then move on to get royal assent, which would be a rubber-stamp approval.
The bill’s progress is significant because it will end 95 years of prohibition in Canada for consuming cannabis for recreational purposes. Medicinal cannabis use has been legal in Canada since 2001.
The new version of the Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, includes the House of Commons’ acceptance of most Senate amendments, as well as a rejection of amendments such as:
•allowing parents to share cannabis with their own child, who is at least 16 years old, as long as the sharing is done in the parent’s home;
•allowing provinces to ban the ability of residents in the province to grow up to four pot plants in their own home; and
•banning cannabis brands from being able to put their branding on promotional items, such as t-shirts.
The expectation is that the unelected Senate will accept the will of the elected lower house.