Last April, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, an Act which would amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the Cannabis Act) in the House of Commons as they relate to marijuana. The proposed Cannabis Act would implement the 2015 Speech from the Throne commitment to legalize, strictly regulate, and restrict access to cannabis.
The Government of Canada has indicated that it intends to bring the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018, subject to the approval of Parliament and Royal Assent.
To support implementation of the proposed Act, regulations would need to be enacted in a range of areas, such as cannabis product standards and packaging and labeling requirements, to ensure that the risks and harms of cannabis are appropriately addressed under the legal framework.
In many cases, Health Canada is proposing to build upon established regulatory requirements that have long been in place for current producers of cannabis for medical purposes or industrial hemp. Enacting many of the same types of strict regulatory controls for production under the proposed Cannabis Act would allow for legal and quality-controlled products to be available by July 2018 and immediately begin to address the public health and safety risks posed by illegally-produced cannabis.
It should be noted that the regulatory proposals set out in this consultation paper have been made for consultation purposes only, and should not be interpreted as representing the final views of the Governor in Council, the Minister of Health or the Government of Canada.
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