It Looks Like Canada Will Have To Wait Longer For Legal Recreational Cannabis

Politicians in Ottawa are beginning to acknowledge that cannabis legalization will not happen as quickly as originally planned. The Globe and Mail reports that cannabis will not be legalized in Canada until August or September.

Bill C-45 (aka the Cannabis Act) dictates that legalization will not go into effect when the bill is passed, but rather when cabinet sets a date. After much debate, the Liberal government's representative in the Senate, Peter Harder, struck a deal with the Senate to hold the final vote on C-45 on June 7. Should it pass then, provinces will require 8 to 12 weeks to prepare for implementation. 

As Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor put it on Thursday, "if you do the math, you can see that it certainly won't be July 2018".

Toronto Star columnist Tim Harper points out that Bill C-45 has been awaiting approval in the Senate since November 28, 2017.

Stay tuned for more details as they become available.

h/t The Globe and Mail


Alberta recently announced plans to stop licensing cannabis retailers until Canada's cannabis supply shortage has been resolved—a move some US experts think is the wrong way for the Canadian province to approach the issue. At the end of November, the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission (AGLC), which regulates the province's cannabis industry, said they would temporarily stop issuing licenses for new pot shops. The AGLC says they made that move because the province simply can't get enough cannabis to supply any more stores.

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