Canadians looking forward to lighting up legally should be able to do so before the end of September.
In an interview with The West Block, the parliamentary secretary for the minister of public safety said the government remains on track with its timeline to legalize marijuana and expects to have a framework in place to let Canadians buy it legally across the country before summer wraps up.
“We’re working closely with the Senate and we feel confident, at this time, in that timeline of end of summer that we’re going to see a regime that will control and legalize cannabis,” Mark Holland said.
Legalizing marijuana formed a key plank of the 2015 Liberal campaign pledge and C-45, the legislation to do just that, was introduced in the House of Commons in April 2017.
It was referred to the Senate in November 2017 and has faced fierce opposition from Conservative senators.
On Thursday, it passed through a Second Reading vote and will now be sent for in-depth study in committee.