The federal government is rejecting several Senate changes to its cannabis legalization bill, setting the stage for a possible showdown between the Senate and the House of Commons. The Senate has proposed 46 amendments to The Cannabis Act, and while the government is accepting some of them, it is passing on several major ones. According to the House’s order paper, the changes the government plans to reject include:The whole issue revolves around the prospect of future court challenges. In March, while appearing before a Senate committee, Justice Minister Jody Wilson Raybould said the federal government wouldn’t stop provinces from banning homegrown pot — but if a citizen decided to take the province or territory to court over the issue, the feds wouldn’t be silent. “This is federal legislation and we fundamentally support our legislation and it would be incumbent upon us to defend it,” she told the committee. It’s not just the Senate that’s worked up over this issue. Provincial ministers from Quebec and Manitoba put out a joint statement on Thursday supporting the Senate’s amendment on home cultivation and insisting on “respect” from the federal government. “Ottawa has an opportunity to dispel the confusion surrounding this matter and to prevent Canadians from needless and costly legal challenges by accepting the amendment proposed by the Senate,” reads the statement from Quebec’s Canadian Relations Minister Jean-Marc Fournier and Manitoba Justice Minister Heather Stefanson.Source link
- Affirming the provinces’ right to ban home cultivation of marijuana.
- Banning branded promotional items such as T-shirts and hats that display logos of marijuana producers.
- Establishing a public registry of all cannabis companies’ directors, officers, controlling parent corporations or trusts, and their directors, members and shareholders.