Understanding Bill #C45, the Cannabis Act https://t.co/jxTxbEnV9D #cdnpoli #Legalization
Bill C-45, an Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts, was introduced to the Canadian House of Commons on April 13, 2017. The Cannabis Act, when enacted, provides legal access to cannabis and controls and regulates its production, distribution, and sale.
At first, the provisions of this Act were proposed to receive Royal Assent and to come into force on, or before, July 1st, 2018. As we get closer to the summer of 2018, we learn the sale of cannabis for adult use will not come into force at the same time the bill receives Royal Assent.
The response from the cannabis community to Bill C-45 has been brisk. Canadians will be affected in many ways.
Hot Button Topic: Canada Sort Of Announces Legal Cannabis… But Not Really. Episode #10 of TheCannaisseur, Legalese To English Translation, details why Canadians are upset with the proposed laws and punishments. [18:43 min.]
"While a social host will generally not be found solely liable for an incident that arose out of a guest's consumption of marijuana at his or her event, should the court deem that the host knew or ought to have known of the guest's impairment and/or encouraged it, a social host may be found partially liable for the actions of guests and the ensuing consequences." --Michael Blinick and Sean Valentine.
Matt Maurer, Minden Gross LLP, examines the number of different types of licenses and sub-licenses the Government is proposing to establish allowing for cultivation, processing, sale to public, analytical testing, imports and exports, and research.
Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould answers questions at the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights May 2017 meeting on Bill C-45. Reported by David Brown, formerly Director of Communications at Lift, and editor of Lift News.
McMaster Health Forum's 30-day reponse rapid synthesis [PDF 48p], was informed by systematic reviews, non-systematic literature reviews, a program evaluation, and primary studies. This rapid synthesis incorporated global and local research evidence about a question submitted to the McMaster Health Forum's Rapid Response program:
What is known about the epidemiological consequences of decriminalization or legalization of cannabis in large catchment areas?
How does medicinal cannabis operate in jurisdictions where recreational cannabis use has been legalized or decriminalized?
"Employees with cannabis addiction maybe entitled to accommodation depending on the type of work performed and the impact of cannabis use on the employee’s duties. In certain cases, human rights tribunals in Canada have already recognized cannabis addiction as a disability requiring accommodation by an employer." --Daryl Cukierman and Michael Howcroft.
An open letter to Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice, penned by Anindya Sen, Professor of Economics and Director of the Master of Public Service Program at the University of Waterloo.
Andrew J. Wilder, Partner, Co-lead Cannabis Group and Yale Hertzman, Associate, outline regulatory proposals and consider the proposals with respect to licensing, permits and authorizations and security clearances.
Jen Skerritt and Kevin Orland canvassed Canadian industries about their safety concerns regarding cannabis legalization. For instance, employers who drug-test job candidates worry there will be fewer applicants clean enough to hire.
"Licenses and permits authorizing the import and export of cannabis will be issued only in respect of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes, or in respect of industrial hemp." --Joey Mastrogiuseppe, Scott Rozansky, Jacqueline Rowniak, and Kris Miks.