Article by Julia Wright, CBC News
A new document published by Health Canada this week is revealing more about how legal weed could be packaged, marketed and sold in Canada this summer.
The 40-page report, thrillingly titled Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis: Summary of Comments Received During the Public Consultation, incorporates the feedback on draft cannabis regulations Health Canada received from thousands of Canadians in surveys, round-tables, and public meetings.
Nothing’s final — the proposed Cannabis Act is still being considered by Parliament — but it’s the best information we have yet.
Here are five things you aren’t going to find in that document.
1. Changes to Border Laws
Let’s say you cross over from St. Stephen, N.B. to Calais, Maine and buy a few grams of weed at a cannabis dispensary. Can you bring it back home like you would duty-free wine and cheap smokes?
That’s going to be a “no” — even if cannabis is legal in both New Brunswick and Maine, according to Jason Givens, a public affairs specialist with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
“Although medical and recreational marijuana are legal in some U.S. states and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under U.S. federal law,” Givens said in a statement.
“Consequently, crossing the border with marijuana is prohibited and could result in fines, apprehension or both. . .U.S. federal law prohibits the importation of marijuana and CBP officers will continue to enforce that law.”
Section 2.2.10 of the consultation paper Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis states “the import or export of cannabis would require a permit from the Minister of Health. As set out in the proposed Act, import or export permits would only be available for medical or scientific purposes, or in respect of industrial hemp.”