13 April 2017
Canada’s CP24 News says
Ottawa to table much-anticipated legislation for marijuana legalization on Thursday
“This is quite a large undertaking,” he said. “I think last time we legalized a product that was not legal was the end of prohibition in the 1930s.”
Last year, Ontario established a cannabis legalization secretariat — part of an effort to explore various options the federal legislation could present to prevent having to start from scratch once the bill is unveiled.
“We want to make sure that we are protecting the vulnerable and the youth, that we are promoting public health and road safety and that we are focusing on prevention and harm reduction,” Naqvi said.
“This is also multi-ministerial work because there are several ministries that are impacted.”
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Global News Canada seems to be concentrating on packaging issues !
Meanwhile over at US publication Civilized they concentrate on the 18 cannabis bills introduced today many of which will impose “significant penalties” for anyone who breaks Canada’s new marijuana rules.
MJ Biz covers all the salient details and is probably your most useful read so far
Canada’s Globe & Mail is also good for a precis, and you are going to need a precis for 18 Bills !
- Sales to be restricted to people age 18 and older, but provinces could increase the minimum age.
- New fines or jail time for anyone who sells cannabis to youth or creates products appealing to youth.
- Adults could publicly possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis.
- Sales by mail would be allowed in provinces that lack a regulated retail system.
- Adults could grow up to four cannabis plants.
- Adults could produce legal cannabis products, such as food or drinks, for personal use at home.
- At first, sales will entail only fresh and dried cannabis, cannabis oils and seeds and plants for cultivation.
- Possession, production and distribution outside the legal system would remain illegal.
- The existing program for access to medical marijuana would continue as it currently exists.
Meanwhile over at BNN they want to highlight the 3 Big Unknowns ahead….
In late 2016, the federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation issued more than 80 recommendations to Ottawa, offering several specific ideas for the coming recreational regime. Among them was a call to set the minimum age to legally purchase marijuana at 18 years old. Similar to the way Canada currently treats alcohol, the task force recommended provinces have the power to put higher age limits in place. However, the Canadian Medical Association has urged Ottawa to set the limit higher, at 21 years old, with restrictions on potency and quantity on anyone under 25 years old. The Ottawa Board of Health went even further in its recommendation, urging Ottawa to ban legal access to cannabis for anyone under 25 years old. The age limit will be critical for investors since the lower the limit ends up being set, the larger the potential market, which Forum Research estimates could be as large as 8 million customers by 2021; but that assumes anyone 18 years old or older will be able to purchase legal cannabis.
GROW YOUR OWN
Investors expecting Canada to have a multibillion-dollar recreational marijuana market within about five years of legalization are assuming consumers will have to pay for the cannabis they consume. It might seem like a safe assumption, but that may not necessarily be the case. Among the task force report’s recommendations was an endorsement of personal marijuana plant cultivation. Specifically, the task force urged Ottawa to allow every Canadian household to grow up to four plants, as long as none were taller than one metre. If the federal government follows that advice, then every Canadian who chooses to grow their own cannabis will count as one less customer for what Canaccord Genuity is hoping will be a $6-billion market by 2021.
The vast majority of Canadians will experience the legal marijuana market in ways not determined by the federal government. Details such as where marijuana will be sold and how it will be distributed are widely expected to fall under provincial jurisdiction. That means, much as the case with alcohol, how a Calgary resident goes about buying marijuana could differ greatly from the experience of someone living in Montreal. While the federal task force did recommend sales occur through independent store fronts and through the mail – as opposed to using preexisting provincially-owned liquor store chains as some have suggested – there is no reason to assume that advice will be followed. Most provincial governments have said they are waiting to see the federal legislation before moving forward on crafting their own laws relating to distribution and sales, meaning little progress has been made on that front thus far. With Ottawa reportedly targeting July 1st 2018 for the recreational marijuana regime to be operational, how Ottawa sets up the handoff on distribution and sales to the provinces will be critical in determining whether that start date will have to be delayed.
The Proposed Cannabis Act Bill