Cannabis Act Passes: What’s Next for Canadian Consumers?
Proponents of the booming weed-positive culture in British Columbia can breathe a little easier these days. Although governmental debate around the exact rules and regulations is still occurring, the passing of the Cannabis Act, or bill C-45, means that recreational marijuana has taken another big step towards full legalization. Despite the parliamentary pot ping pong, however, it looks like the future of cannabis in Canada is ablaze with opportunity. But what do the new rules and regulations mean for consumers? And how will the debate in the Senate affect the rollout?
The Cannabis Act and Possession of Recreational Marijuana
Under Bill C-45, adults will be able to possess up to 30 grams of recreational cannabis in a public place. The legal age for pot possession and consumption will vary between provinces, however, the federal age has been set at 18. British Columbia has set the bar slightly higher by synchronizing the minimum age for cannabis possession with the province’s legal drinking age, which is 19.
In order to keep cannabis out of the hands of youth, smoking and vaping will be prohibited at playgrounds, skate parks, sports fields, and any other area where children commonly gather, in addition to all the areas where it’s currently not permitted to smoke tobacco.
Growing Your Own — Yes or No?
In the Senate, one of the biggest debate points of the Cannabis Act has been whether or not to allow consumers to grow marijuana plants in their homes. The original act allowed for adults to cultivate up to four plants to a maximum of 100 centimeters tall. The Senate proposed an amendment to the act which granted individual provinces the right to ban home cultivation of cannabis, however, this was among the 13 of the 46 proposed amendments to be rejected.
According to the provincial rules and regulations, under the Cannabis Act, British Columbians are permitted to grow their own pot plants, with the following provisions:
Plants must not be visible from any public spaces off the property
Personal marijuana cultivation is not permitted in homes that are used as a daycare or childcare facility
After rejecting 13 of the proposed amendments suggested by the Senate, the government has sent the updated bill back to the Senate for further debate. At this point, it’s unclear whether the prolonged discussion will delay the rollout of the new rules and regulations beyond July 1st, although it is looking increasingly likely. Stay tuned for more details as they come!