Several Proposed Amendments To Bill C-45 Turned Down By Federal Government

Posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 11:35 AM

Looks like there could be more delays for the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada.

The Senate made 46 amendments for Bill C-45.

But Health Minister Ginette Petitpas-Taylor says they have "respectfully disagreed" with 13 of them, "We looked at all of the amendments that the Senate has brought forward.  Our position is that there are some that we are accepting, and some that we are not accepting at this time.    We feel very confident that Bill C-45 and the amendments we are accepting by the Senate are strengthening that bill and we are confident as we move forward that we are going in the right direction."

One major sticking point is an attempt by the Senate to give the provinces and territories the power to ban home-grown marijuana.

"Canadians are allowed to make beer at home, or wine, or grow tobacco.  It is already possible for Canadians to grow cannabis for medical purposes and we absolutely believe the the legislation should be consistent when it comes to recreational cannabis.," Petitpas-Taylor says.

The legalization of marijuana was originally expected to be passed by July 1st, but this will now depend on the Senate's response.

Once the bill passes, Petitpas-Taylor has said it will still take another eight to twelve weeks before marijuana can be sold.

For the full list of amendments that the federal government turned down, visit HERE