April, 18, 2017
On April 13, 2017, the Trudeau government unveiled its highly anticipated legislation to legalize access to marihuana. The legislative package includes two Bills: one, the “Cannabis Act”, that creates a new federal-provincial regime to produce and sell cannabis, and a second that strengthens the laws related to impaired driving by users of both marihuana and alcohol. Amendments to numerous other statutes, as well as an educational program covering the health risks posed by cannabis, will also be implemented to help integrate the provisions of the Cannabis Act into Canadian law. In all, the newly proposed legislation establishes a legal framework for the production, possession, distribution and sale of cannabis and cannabis products, as well as the enforcement of cannabis related offences.