MJ Biz report
The Canadian government is delaying the launch of the mandatory review of the country’s 2018 recreational cannabis law because of the death of Queen Elizabeth II, sources told MJBizDaily.
Queen Elizabeth II, who was Canada’s monarch, died Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.
The review had been expected to begin Wednesday in a joint announcement by Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada’s health minister, and Carolyn Bennett, minister of mental health and addictions, according to the sources, who requested anonymity because they don’t have permission to speak on the matter.
The launch is now expected to happen after the late monarch’s Sept. 19 funeral.
The ministers are expected to begin an 18-month review of Prime Minister Trudeau’s historic legislation.
After the review is completed, a report will be submitted to parliament.
The review was supposed to start by October 2021, three years after Canada legalized recreational cannabis.
Health Canada has not provided MJBizDaily with a timeline for when the review would begin, nor would Canada’s health department confirm the launch or postponement of the review.
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