Canadian House Of Commons rejects 13 Key Cannabis act Amendments
The Canadian Senate had proposed 46 amendments to the incoming Cannabis Act, Bill C-45, with the majority of them being accepted by the House. Still, the House has rejected 13 key amendments.
One of the Senate's key amendments was the ability of provinces to ban home cultivation is they see fit. This has been rejected by the House, asserting that allowing home cultivation is something they stand behind.
"We agree with the majority of the proposed amendments that [the Senate] has brought forward," Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said in a press conference. "I know that you want to hear our position on the issue of home grow. Respectfully, when it comes to that amendment, we will not be accepting it."
This is great news! I don't believe the government should be holding back people from growing their own cannabis. You can make your own beer and wine, there is zero reason you shouldn't be able to produce your own pot within limits.
Taylor said consistency in regulation is key. Banning home cultivation of recreational cannabis would be hypocritical, as Canadian citizens can craft their own alcoholic beverages at home, and home cultivation is already permitted for medical users.
Other closely-watched amendments that the House has rejected include one that would ban cannabis companies from distributing branded 'swag'—think the pens handed out at conferences or t-shirts with company logos on them. The government has argued that the existing regulations surrounding cannabis marketing and promotion are comprehensive enough and banning swag is unnecessary.
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The Senate has yet to release a response to the rejections put forward by the House of Commons. Home cultivation, in particular, has been a big concern in the Senate and it is possible they'll continue to push for provinces' ability to ban.