The Marijuana Bill Has Passed the Senate — and Now Things Get Dicey

Article by Peter Zimonjic, CBC News

The marijuana bill has passed the Senate — and now things get dicey 'We feel very confident that we had a very good piece of legislation,' Ginette Petitpas Taylor says  Peter Zimonjic · CBC News.  The cannabis bill that passed the Senate Thursday night is now back in the House of Commons, where government ministers will consider which Senate amendments they want to keep and which they will reject. (Getty Images)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s bill legalizing recreational pot may have passed third reading in the Senate — but that doesn’t mean its legislative journey will be a smooth or easy one from now on.

Senators made dozens of amendments to the government bill they sent back to the Commons Thursday night. Some of those amendments are likely to end up in the final bill. Others may not.

“We will have to go through the amendments. The minister will really provide information as to what amendments we are able to support, what amendments we’re not able to support,” said Liberal House Leader Bardish Chagger.

Actually, three ministers will be looking over the amended bill.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will look at changes in the legislation that affect policing. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor will consider amendments that touch on her portfolio and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould will examine the legal implications of the Red Chamber’s proposed changes.

Some of those changes are minor tweaks, while others involve substantial alterations to the version of the bill that arrived in the Senate.

The Senate’s social affairs committee, for example, passed an amendment that would leave rules on home cultivation up to the provinces to determine, allowing them to prohibit home-growing altogether.

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