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Canada’s proposed Cannabis Act: A summary

Canadians have been anticipating the legalization of cannabis since it formed part of the Liberal Party of Canada platform in the 2015 federal election campaign. On Thursday, April 13, 2017, the Government of Canada made a significant step towards enacting the platform promise when it tabled draft legislation—the Cannabis Act (the “Act”). The Act overhauls Canadian criminal legislation pertaining to the sale of cannabis and sets out a legal framework for its production, distribution and possession. The Government has indicated that it intends for the Act to come into force before July 2018.

 

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Cannabis legislation and regulation

The Liberal Party of Canada made the legalization of marijuana a priority during the 2015 federal election campaign and now the Liberal government has taken a step toward enacting that promise. On June 30, 2016, the Government of Canada launched a Task Force to advise it on the design of a legislative and regulatory framework for legal access to cannabis. The prescribed framework was the Government’s commitment in the 2015 Speech From the Throne to legalize, regulate, and restrict access to cannabis.

 

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