Canada: House Members Overwhelmingly Pass Adult Use Regulation Bill

Ottawa, Canada: Members of the House of Commons voted 200 to 82 to approve legislation that seeks to legalize and regulate the adult use cannabis market.

Liberal Party members, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, back the measure, which now faces debate in the Senate – where several members have threatened to delay passing the bill.

The Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, amends the federal Controlled Drugs and Substances Act so that those over the age of 18 may legally possess, purchase, and grow personal use quantities of cannabis. It further seeks to establish rules and regulations governing the commercial production of retail cannabis products. Proponents of the legislation hope to have the new law in place by July 1, 2018.

Health Canada is presently seeking public feedback regarding the regulations. Written comments will be accepted through January 20, 2018.

For more information, contact NORML Canada or Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500. Updates regarding the status and text of the legislation is available from the Library of Parliament.