Senate Indigenous Committee Came Close to Indefinitely Postponing Cannabis Legalization

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Senate Indigenous committee came close to indefinitely postponing cannabis legalization By Staff The Canadian Press. The Trudeau government has averted a potential confrontation with Indigenous senators that could have delayed the legalization of recreational marijuana. CANADIAN PRESS / Ron Ward

The Trudeau government has averted a potential confrontation with Indigenous senators that could have delayed the legalization of recreational marijuana.

The 11 members of the Senate’s Aboriginal peoples’ committee had planned Wednesday to support a Conservative amendment that would have indefinitely deferred implementation of Bill C-45 until such time as the government tables in both houses of Parliament a report detailing the steps it has taken to address the concerns of Indigenous communities who complain they’ve not been adequately consulted.

That could have been enough to ensure the amendment passed, given that Conservative senators intended to vote as a bloc in support of it and other senators were sympathetic.

But Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott sent a letter just prior to the start of debate to the chair and deputy chair of the committee, promising a full report to Parliament in September and another within 12 months.

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