15 May 2017

Here’s the summary

On April 13, 2017, Bill C-45 (the proposed Cannabis Act) and Bill C-46 (amendments to the Criminal Code) were introduced into Parliament. If passed as currently proposed, these bills will permit and regulate the recreational use of cannabis, including possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis by adults over the age of 18 and, subject to provincial and territorial legislation, possession of up to 5 grams by youths between the ages of 12 and 18.  The new law will also create a new licensing regime for the production, marketing, and delivery of cannabis. However, this proposed federal legislation also leaves much of the products’ regulation in the hands of the provinces and territories. As such, the Government of Ontario, alongside other provinces and territories, are presently racing against the currently-anticipated July 2018 implementation date for the proposed federal legislation, to structure the distribution and sale of cannabis within provincial borders.

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