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Current Affairs (2018) - Chronological (8 items)

Jun 20, 2018 Marijuana to be legal in Canada starting October 17, Trudeau confirms Recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018, the prime minister announced on Wednesday afternoon. Justin Trudeau confirmed the long-awaited start date during Question Period in Ottawa, ending months of speculation surrounding when, precisely, Canadians will be able to purchase and consume the drug legally.

Jun 19, 2018 Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal cannabis in 8 to 12 weeks Senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

Jun 18, 2018 Marijuana bill headed back to Senate after MPs reject 13 amendments passed by upper house Senators must now decide whether to defer to the will of the elected government or to dig in for a parliamentary battle by insisting on some or all of their amendments

Jun 13, 2018 Feds accept most, not all Senate amendments to marijuana bill The government says it agrees with, and will accept 26 proposed amendments to the legislation, which sets out the parameters for the production, possession, and sale of legal recreational marijuana for Canadians over the age of 18.

However, the Senateĺs attempts to change the bill to give the provinces and territories the power to ban home-grown marijuana; and to prohibit pot producers from distributing branded merchandise were among 13 amendments the government says it ôrespectfully disagreesö with.

Jun 7, 2018 Senate approves marijuana legalization bill with dozens of amendments The Senate has approved the Trudeau government's landmark legislation to lift Canada's 95-year-old prohibition on recreational cannabis - but with nearly four dozen amendments that the government may not entirely accept.

Bill C-45 passed in the upper house late Thursday by a vote of 56-30 with one abstention, over the objections of Conservative senators who remained resolutely opposed.

The bill must now go back to the House of Commons, where the government will decide whether to approve, reject or modify the changes before returning it to the Senate for another vote.

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.




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