Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
While the federal government has accepted most of the Senate’s amendments to the Cannabis Act, key changes such as giving provinces the authority to ban home cultivation and prohibiting promotional swag from cannabis companies were rejected.
Home cultivation for all provinces and territories
The House of Commons rejected the Senate’s bid to allow provinces to ban home cultivation saying “it is critically important to permit personal cultivation in order to support the government’s objective of displacing the illegal market”.
Earlier today, PM Justin Trudeau said, “One of the strong recommendations by experts was that we ensure personal cultivation of four plants at home”.
This rejection would mainly affect Manitoba and Quebec, which would prohibit home cultivation if allowed to do so.
As federal health minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said, “Canadians can grow their own tobacco and make their own beer and wine at home…. People can already grow cannabis for medical purposes. We think it is logical for the proposed legislation to be consistent when it comes to recreational cannabis”.