History is at hand. The world is changing. Canada has voted to approve Bill C-45, which will legalize cannabis for adult non-medical consumption. The True North Strong and Free has done what no other G7, G20, or even any other country in the world (except Uruguay) has done. Canada is now a true world leader on cannabis law reform.
In a vote that seemed to lack the fanfare that one would expect – yet is typical for the Senate, as the chamber of serious second thought – the long-debated bill passed its next-to-final step in becoming the law of the land by a final tally of 52 votes for, 29 against, with 2 honourable senators abstaining from the vote. And with that, the motion to accept the House of Commons’ response to the Senate amendments was adopted, and the bill passed.
Despite its serious reputation, though, the Senate isn’t devoid of moments of levity. The ever-affable Senator Munson wrote a recited a poem in the debate last night; it will be part of the official record of debates, written and recorded for posterity. His original composition ends with:
But in the words of a song that some may understand.
It is time to pass.
Pass the bill.
Pass the dutchie to the left hand side.
And senators, if you don’t understand the last line, I will explain outside.
Who says politicians can’t have fun?
So, what now? Can Canadians legally consume without a medical certificate? Well, no, not yet. Canada is a constitutional monarchy, which has the effect of requiring the Queen to agree to each piece of legislation that the House of Commons and the Senate passes. In Canada, that means that the Governor General, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, must sign the Bill to give it Royal Assent and transform it from a Bill to a law.
The government has indicated that October 17th will be the the date the Bill comes into law and as the first date for sales, in order to allow for the provinces to get ready for sales.
All of this means that by mid-October, Canadians of age will be able to legally enter a store, licensed or even run by provincial governments, and purchase up to 30 grams of federal government-licensed cannabis for consumption. Cannabis freedom is at hand.
VP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs at Hiku
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