The Senate Has Amended The Cannabis Act — Now What?

Article by Leaf News

The Senate has amended the Cannabis Act — now what? The federal government should outlaw membership in a terrorist group, bar radicals from Canada and look at forbidding the glorification of extremists to protect the Canadian way of life, says a Senate committee. The Senate chamber sits empty on September 12, 2014 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld. The Senate's final vote on the Cannabis Act is scheduled for no later than Thursday, June 7. (Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

After a marathon Monday session, the Senate’s social affairs committee approved 40 potential amendments to Bill C-45. Twenty-nine of those amendments came from bill sponsor Sen. Tony Dean, and were drafted by the government.

Most of the amendments were technical in nature — tweaking a word or a phrase, or fixing a translation error — and utterly uninteresting to Canadian cannabis users.

“It’s not unusual in a large and complex bill of this sort that government have lots of technical cleanup stuff,” Dean told The Leaf News on Tuesday.

But some of the committee’s amendments could shape cannabis legalization in more substantive ways.

For example, one amendment would clarify that provincial governments are allowed to ban home cannabis cultivation entirely, not just reduce the number of plants grown in one home. If that amendment becomes part of the final law, it could head off a potential court battle between aspiring home cannabis farmers and the governments of Manitoba and Quebec, which want to set the number of permitted plants to zero.

Another committee amendment could lay the groundwork for regulatory limits on the amount of THC contained in cannabis products — in other words, potency limits.

None of those amendments are a done deal. Here’s what happens next.

The committee’s recommended amendments will be submitted back to the House of Commons — possibly as early as today, said Dean — and the House will vote on them. (With a Liberal majority, it’s safe to say the government will vote down any amendments it doesn’t like.)

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