Article by Sarah Leamon, The Georgia Straight
The long road to marijuana legalization faced another critical last step this week as the Senate voted on Bill C-45.
This bill will effectively alter the Criminal Code and some portions of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to allow legal access to cannabis in this country.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau originally promised that Canadians would be able to light their first legal joint on July 1, 2018.
However, given the numerous political and administrative delays that Bill C-45 has faced so far, that deadline is looking more and more likely to go up in smoke.
At times, the Senate study of the bill felt never-ending.
Honorable senators scrutinized almost every detail of Bill C-45. They have made a number of amendments—more than a whopping 40, in fact!
Now you don’t need to know about all of these amendments. Many of them are merely technical in nature and will have little effect on the bill or your experience of it. But some are rather important and worthy of our attention.
For example, one significant amendment has to do with youth violations.