Marijuana Legalization Comes One Step Closer as Senate Committee Adds Amendments to Bill C-45

Article by Global News

Marijuana legalization comes one step closer as Senate committee adds amendments to Bill C-45 By Joan Bryden The Canadian Press. A bust is pictured against the backdrop of the Senate chamber, as staffers ready the hall for the installation ceremony of Canada's next Governor General, Julie Payette, in Ottawa on Monday, October 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

A Senate committee has passed more than two dozen amendments to the federal government’s cannabis legalization bill, including one that would allow provinces and territories to ban home-grown marijuana.

But the social affairs committee has refused to accept an amendment that would have prohibited home cultivation outright.

Bill C-45 would allow individuals to grow up to five plants in a single dwelling.

But Quebec and Manitoba have decided to prohibit home cultivation, setting up future legal challenges in which Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould has said the federal legislation would prevail.

The Senate committee, which was conducting a clause-by-clause examination of the bill on Monday, unanimously supported an amendment specifying that provincial and territorial governments have the authority to prohibit homegrown pot if they so choose.

Among committee members supporting the amendment was Independent Sen. Tony Dean, the sponsor of the C-45 in the Senate. That suggests the amendment has the government’s blessing.

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