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Mar 22 2018 Cannabis bill passes Senate vote at second Reading

The federal government's cannabis legalization bill survived a critical vote in the Senate on Thursday, keeping Bill C-45 on the path to becoming the law of the land. The success of the vote at second reading means C-45 will continue being studied by Senate committees over the coming months.
Mar 19 2018 Health Canada releases summary of comments from cannabis regulatory consultations

he current approach to cannabis does not work. Despite the current prohibition, Canadians, and especially youth, are consuming cannabis in high numbers. The proposed Cannabis Act seeks to better protect the health and safety of Canadians, and to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime. The Act, together with the regulations that are being developed to support it, will strictly regulate the production, distribution and sale of cannabis, require industry to meet rigorous product quality standards, and prohibit promotion and advertising that is appealing to youth.
Feb 17 2018 Senate will vote on Bill C-45, on or before June 7. Legalization likely set back to August-September

On Thursday, two days after the threat of procedural deadlines was raised by Sen. Peter Harder, Senate leaders agreed to hold a final vote on the third reading of the bill "on or before June 7."

That new deadline, however, means legalization of cannabis in Canada gets pushed back to late summer, at the earliest.
Nov 27 2017 Federal marijuana legislation clears House of Commons, headed for the Senate

MPs passed the Liberal government's bill to legalize cannabis Monday evening, sending the legislation down the hall to the Senate for further study and debate.
Nov 21 2017 Proposed pot regulations open door to craft growers, licensing non-violent offenders

Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis

"This proposed regulatory approach is informed by the extensive consultations to date, and it supports our overarching goal of protecting public health and safety," she said in a statement. "We look forward to hearing the views of Canadians from across the country."

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