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.