Canadian Senate Could Sit Into Summer To Pass Cannabis Bills

Article by Elise von Scheel, CBC News

Senate could sit into summer to pass marijuana bills 'We will sit 'til it's done,' government Senate representative says Elise von Scheel · CBC News. Sen. Peter Harder says it's important for the chamber to pass marijuana legalization before adjourning for the summer. (Sean Kilpatrick/Canadian Press)

The Trudeau government’s representative in the Senate says the chamber will extend its session into the summer if that’s what it takes to pass two new laws to regulate recreational cannabis use.

Sen. Peter Harder told CBC Radio’s The House he’s made it clear to his colleagues that bills C-45 and C-46 must be passed before the chamber breaks for the summer.

“We will sit ’til it’s done,” he said.

“We have an obligation as a Senate to deal with the legislation that’s before us before we take a summer break.”

Currently, both the primary legislation and the accompanying drug-impaired driving bill are before Senate committees.

Earlier this week, MP Bill Blair, the Liberal government’s point man on pot, said recreational cannabis use will become legal even if the impaired driving law gets hung up in the Senate.

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