Marijuana legalization in Canada draws near to its positive conclusion as the bill proceeds to the Senate after it received a nod of approval from the House of Commons on Monday.
Cannabis advocates say the bill’s passage is an important milestone for the cannabis industry in the country. By a vote of 200 to 82, Bill C-45 is a step closer towards being a law. That is if the conservative opposition will not succeed in its plan to hold up the bill’s passage.
If it passes in the Senate, the bill would commence a fully legal pot regime for the Canadian government on July next year. Other provinces, however, are worried that they may not be able to enforce the rules with too near a deadline.
The conservatives have been pushing for a later deadline to implement the rules of the new law. They argue that contrary to the July 2018 proposition, it would be more responsible to give the local governments more time to craft their own legislation and push the implementation further til a year later. But house voting on Monday defeated the proposal to delay.
It’s a good thing to know, however, that the NDP supports the government’s plans. The original bill was amended to junk the height cap on home-grown cannabis and the requirement of crafting legislation for pot edibles and concentrates in just a year.
Before the vote, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould commented that the house’s approval would be a vote of victory to the government’s plan to help bring the billion dollar tax revenue potential in pot market out of organized crime. She adds that it could also help keep minors out of the illegal pot, which is the main concern among Canadian communities.