The Government will Approve, Reject and/or Modify Amendments before Sending the Bill Back to the Senate for Another Vote.
The Cannabis Act Bill C-45, which the Liberals introduced into Parliament last April 2017, passed third reading in the Senate last night by a vote of 56 to 30.
Although there was strong opposition from Conservative Senators, the Senate voted to pass the Bill, and has put forth dozens of amendments that will go back to the House of Commons for review.
Members of Parliament will now have an opportunity to review the almost four dozen amendments that were put forth by the Senate, and decide on which amendments they want to modify, approve and/or reject, before the Bill is sent back to the Senate for another vote.
The Senate will then vote on whether to accept Parliament’s version of the Bill, or may insist on some of their original amendments that Parliament has rejected. This process could result in a ping pong match between the Senate and Parliament for a period of a few weeks. The Liberal government has recently said they are determined to have legalization in place at some point this summer, and the last day of summer is technically September 22.
The Liberal government previously said, “The objectives of the Act are to prevent young persons from accessing cannabis, to protect public health and public safety by establishing strict product safety and product quality requirements and to deter criminal activity by imposing serious criminal penalties for those operating outside the legal framework. The Act is also intended to reduce the burden on the criminal justice system in relation to cannabis.”
As well, “The proposed Cannabis Act would create a strict national framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. As part of this framework, Health Canada would be responsible for regulating production and setting standards for health and safety. The provinces and territories would oversee the distribution and sale of cannabis, subject to minimum federal conditions.”
This historic Bill will make amendments to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, in order to facilitate the legalization of recreational marijuana this summer. This Bill, when enacted into law, will put an end to the 95+ year prohibition on the recreational use of marijuana in Canada.
By Marijuana.Ca Staff