Liberals’ Pot Bill Tweaked to Remove Plant Height Limit, Add Timeline For Edibles

Article by Susan Lunn, CBC News

Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor arrives to testify before the start of the Commons health committee on Bill C-45, Cannabis Act, on Parliament Hill. (Justin Tang/Canadian Press). Liberals' pot bill tweaked to remove plant height limit, add timeline for edibles Bill C-45 now returns to the House of Commons for third reading By Susan Lunn, CBC News . Pot-infused brownies are divided and packaged at The Growing Kitchen, in Boulder, Colorado. The House of Commons health committee added an amendment to Canada's proposed marijuana legalization that would make edibles legal a year after the bill becomes law. (Brennan Linsley/AP Photo).

The Liberal government’s marijuana bill has returned from a parliamentary committee with a few tweaks, including a requirement that edibles and other concentrated forms of cannabis become legal within a year of Bill C-45 becoming law.

The House of Commons health committee has been studying the bill clause by clause since August, and heard from more than 100 witnesses.

Out of that process the committee put forward two key changes to the legislation earlier this week.

The original bill had a requirement that anyone who decided to grow marijuana plants at home had to limit their height to 100 centimetres and cap the number of plants they have to four. The updated bill removes any height requirements.

Many witnesses, including police officers, questioned the stipulation, arguing it didn’t accomplish anything and it would be hard to enforce.

The other amendment would mean edibles and other concentrated forms of cannabis would be available within a year after the bill comes into force.

Edible cannabis products often contain THC, the psychoactive substance that makes consumers feel high. It can come in many forms including baked goods, candy, honey, dried fruit and, as the committee heard, is sometimes preferred to smoking.

The federal government has always promised it would bring in rules for edible products later on, but there was no timeline.

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