April was a big month for cannabis in Canada, as Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberals announced legal marijuana will be made available by July of 2018. But are the feds being a bit optimistic with their legalization timeline?
Aside from the issue of existing UN drug treaties, which Canada is required to cooperate with, it’s possible that opposition parties in Parliament will be looking for significant amendments to the bill.
An article in the Hill Times stated that recommendations in the proposed legislation could be challenged by various MPs. These confrontations could include issues with the minimum age requirement of 18, how many plants will be permitted per household, and lengthy prison sentences for breaking the new laws.
Conservative Senator Bob Runciman told reporters that he “wouldn’t be surprised if there was at least an amendment dealing with the age factor.” Runciman added that he was personally in favour of amnesty for those with prior marijuana possession charges.
The call for leniency from a Conservative is surprising, considering that the party has been staunchly opposed to legalizing cannabis. The call for the removal of past convictions…