Article by Mike Okada, Cannabis Life Network
Today, June 7, was the third and final reading for Bill C-45 (aka the Cannabis Act) in the Senate and it was a marathon debate session but in the end, Bill C-45 passed 56:30, with 1 abstention.
The next step for the bill is back to the House of Commons where the amendments will be reviewed, and then it will be sent to the Governor-General for Royal Assent, after which it will become law.
What changes did the Senate make to Bill C-45?
Overall, the Senate made 44 amendments to the bill, 29 of which were put forward by Sen. Tony Dean, the bill’s sponsor.Most of these amendments were technical, such as slight changes in wording, but the Senate did make two noteworthy amendments.
One gave provinces and territories the authority to ban home cultivation outright (which Manitoba and Quebec indicated they will do), while the other amendment called for maximum potency limits for THC.
Even today, another amendment was approved.