Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act:

Bill C-45, An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (short title: Cannabis Act), was introduced in the House of Commons by the Minister of Justice on 13 April 2017. Among other things, the bill:

  • permits some cannabis-related activities that had previously been prohibited (e.g., possessing less than 30 g of dried cannabis or the equivalent in public; cultivating up to four cannabis plants per residence);
  • prohibits some cannabis-related activities (e.g., sale of cannabis or cannabis accessories to a young person; using or involving a young person to commit certain cannabis-related offences);
  • lists prohibited activities in relation to cannabis for which a ticket can be issued (as opposed to prosecution for an indictable or a summary conviction offence);
  • provides a framework in relation to permitted and prohibited promotion and sponsorship of cannabis and cannabis accessories; and
  • establishes a statutory basis on which the designated minister can issue licences and permits for authorized cannabis-related activities.

You can read the bill by clicking here.

For more information, including to read some of the speeches in Parliament, click here.