Senate Committee Supports Amending Cannabis Bill to Let Provinces Ban Homegrown Pot, Introduce Potency Limits

Article by The Canadian Press via Toronto Star

Senate committee supports amending cannabis bill to let provinces ban homegrown pot By JOAN BRYDENThe Canadian Press. Quebec and Manitoba have decided to prohibit home cultivation of marijuana. (STEVE HELBER / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS FILE PHOTO)

A Senate committee passed 40 amendments Monday to the federal government’s cannabis legalization bill, including one that would allow provinces and territories to ban homegrown marijuana.

But the social affairs committee refused to accept a Conservative amendment that would have prohibited home cultivation outright.

And it defeated another that would have indefinitely delayed implementation of the legislation until the government reports to both houses of Parliament on the measures it’s taking to deal with the concerns of Indigenous communities.

The vast majority of the amendments approved were largely technical in nature and would have little affect on the substance of Bill C-45. Indeed, 29 of them were proposed by the sponsor of the bill in the Senate, independent Sen. Tony Dean, which suggests they have the blessing of the government.

The committee’s amended version of the bill will now go back to the Senate as a whole, where senators will decide whether to accept or reject the amendments or propose additional changes.

Other amendments passed by the committee include those that would:

  • Require regulations that flow from the legislation to impose a maximum potency limit on cannabis products.
  • Give the House of Commons and Senate 30 days to review regulations before they’re implemented.
  • Specifying that a permanent resident who is sentenced to six months or less for breaking the cannabis law would not face an additional penalty of being found inadmissible to Canada and deported.

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