Article by Rachel Aiello, CTV News
The federal government has issued its response to the Senate’s sweeping amendments to the marijuana legalization Bill C-45, and intends to accept most of the Senate’s changes, but several substantive changes didn’t make the cut.
The government says it agrees with, and will accept 26 largely technical proposed amendments to the legislation, which sets out the parameters for the production, possession, and sale of legal recreational marijuana for Canadians over the age of 18.
However, the Senate’s attempts to change the bill to give the provinces and territories the power to ban home-grown marijuana; to prohibit pot producers from distributing branded merchandise; and setting up a registry for shareholders involved in marijuana companies were among 13 amendments the government says it “respectfully disagrees” with.
Other changes it rejects have to do with various aspects of the bill, including youth access to marijuana, and THC levels.
On one change regarding the review of the act, the government is suggesting an amendment to the amendment, instead of rejecting it outright. The government’s tweak would make it so that the legislation and its impacts on health, youth, Indigenous people, and home growing, is reviewed in three years, and reported on within 18 months.
It is unclear whether the government will be willing to negotiate on the amendments it is rejecting, or if this position is the final offer.