We’ve known for a while that the federal government wants to legalize marijuana around Canada Day this year.
After all, there has been plenty of preparation. Statistics Canada has done a pretty in-depth price analysis. The government has set a fixed price-per-gram. The packaging design is set. People are incorporating weed into their wellness routines.
But then some uncertainty emerged about the date.
Recently, some senators have asked for cannabis legalization to be delayed for up to a year. This effort is being spearheaded by the Senate’s Aboriginal peoples committee, which argues more time is needed to ensure “culturally sensitive materials are available to warn Indigenous peoples about the risks of consuming cannabis, and to negotiate a revenue-sharing deal with First Nations governments to ensure they get a cut of the millions of dollars expected to be collected in excise taxes on the drug,” according to the CBC.
Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau re-affirmed his commitment to seeing cannabis legalized in accordance with the original timeline.
“We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving forward this summer on the legalization of cannabis,” said Trudeau. “Obviously, as I’ve said many times, this is not an event, this is a process, and we will continue to work with our partners in the municipalities, in provinces and Indigenous leadership in communities to make sure we’re doing this right and moving forward in a responsible way.”
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While a July 1 date has been floated around, it is still unclear when exactly Bill C-45 (the legislation that abolishes criminal sanctions on adult cannabis possession) will be enacted.