Following Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party’s campaign commitment and the subsequent introduction of legislation ending prohibition of recreational marijuana, the Canadian legislative process now sees the Senate debating the legislation. The Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Public Safety, Mark Holland, now appears to be confident that the law will be in place in a matter of mere months.
As Legal Loop has reported in the April of 2017,
“Come July 2018, Canadian adults will be allowed to possess up to 30 grammes of marijuana in public as well as cultivate up to four plants per residence for personal use. […] With the passing of this legislation, Canada joins Uruguay as the only other country to legalise recreational pot. However, Canada is following a trend of a more lenient attitude towards marijuana, as illustrated by eight states in the U.S. having already approved the recreational marijuana.”
Holland, according to The West Block, has stated that,
“We’re working closely with the Senate and we feel confident, at this time, in that timeline of end of summer that we’re going to see a regime that will control and legalize cannabis […]”
After being sent to the Senate in November 2017, where it faced opposition from Conservative senators, the Bill successfully passed through a Second Reading vote. The next stage of the legislation is being sent for further inspection “at committee”, during which Senators will be able to propose potential amendments to the proposed legislation.
According to the Global News,
“[t]he government has reached an agreement with Senate leaders to get the legislation through the Red Chamber by June 7 in order to give the provinces time to roll out their own cannabis control regimes.” The aforementioned ‘Red Chamber’ is a political nickname given to the Senate of Canada “because it is decked out almost entirely in a royal red. Small wonder, for it is in the Senate — not the House of Commons — that the Queen appears when she visits Parliament. That’s because of a longstanding British tradition; the Monarch has not entered the British House of Commons since the 17th century, after King Charles I was rebuffed when trying to arrest five Members of Parliament.”