Article by David Brown, Lift News
Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada and to the Minister of Health, will make an announcement on Tuesday, November 21 about the regulation of cannabis. The announcement will be at 3:30 pm EST.
While specifics of what the announcement will be about are unknown, some industry insiders say it is expected to be about draft regulations, which would precede listing in the Canada Gazette.
Any new regulations are required to be posted in the Canada Gazette One and Two. Part One is posted each Saturday and Part Two is posted every other Wednesday. Part One allows for public comment, as would a possible draft version.
Shane Morris, the VP, Quality Assurance and Scientific Affairs at The Hydropothecary, and a former executive in the Canadian federal government with regulatory policy experience, says the expectation in the industry is that this will be a Notice of Intent, which would come before any draft regulations.
“This is the first step in a formal process of moving to regulations,” says Morris. “This is going to be something called a Notice of Intent. Under the Cabinet Directive of Regulatory Management (see here), a department bringing forward regulations must do consultations, and publishing proposed regulations in the Canada Gazette is not a substitute for meaningful consultations on the development of regulatory proposals. You have to do more than just Gazetting. So they are called pre-consultations. There’s a whole process they must undertake before the presented regulations are considered.
“The input received during these consultations,” continues Morris, “will form the basis of the draft regulations the government will then put in the Canada Gazette Part One. Then there’s a period of time most likely between 30 and 75 days in Gazette Part One, and that puts not only citizens on notice, but the world. After final comments and adjustments to the draft regulations they will put them into Gazette Part Two, at which point the regulations will be made and they will have a coming into force date assigned.”