According to CTV, MPs voted 205-82 to advance Bill C-45, which intends to legalize adult-use cannabis nationally, but they want to remove local municipal restrictions on home grows, bans on marijuana-branded clothing, and a host of other rigid rules sought by the Senate. “We have heard what the senators had to say on this matter, but we will go ahead with the recommendations from experts.”
The House of Commons upheld the equal access policy goal n Monday’s vote, supporting 26 of the Senate’s more benign amendments while remaining steadfast on home grow guarantees, policies that respect the privacy of marijuana business owners, and branded promotional material.
Now that C-45 is once again in the hands of the Senate, upper house legislators will have the option to accept the MPs’ concessions and live with more lenient regulations, or persist in hopes of eventually wearing down House voters.
During a Monday night debate about the future fate of Bill C-45, Senator Peter Harder argued that the upper house should accept the House of Commons’ decision to once and for all reconcile regulations and begin focusing on opening the impending marijuana market.
“If we concur with the House of Commons, I think we will find most Canadians pleased with the manner in which we’ve discharged our constitutional role,” Harder told his Senate colleagues. “With cannabis legislation, Canadians are ready for us to move forward. There may come a day, perhaps in the not-so-distant future, when we remember prohibition as absurd.”
After both parties of Canadian legislature can agree on a complete version of C-45, the bill will quickly be established as law. Government officials currently predict that legal weed will be on sale sometime this September.