Today in Politics and Podcast: MPs Debate Changes to Cannabis Bill

A marijuana plant at the AmeriCanna Edibles facility

Today in Politics and Podcast: MPs Debate Changes to Cannabis Bill


UPDATED November 9, 2017 4:21pmET

The government plans to release more details tomorrow morning on the regulation and taxation of cannabis. 

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Meanwhile, will there be more changes to Bill C-45?

The government’s legislation is back in the House of Commons at report stage, following amendments by the health committee.

Those amendments included a call for cannabis edibles and concentrates to be allowed for sale within one year of the bill’s passage. (Those products weren’t in the original legislation).

The committee also removed a 100-centimetre height limit for plants grown at home.

Report stage sees two additional amendments:

1) Green Leader Elizabeth May would remove a clause (9) on limits to the distribution of cannabis by individuals. That section prohibits an adult from giving more than the equivalent 30 grams of dried cannabis (in whatever form)  to another adult — or giving any cannabis to a minor (18 years and younger). For minors, the distribution limit is 5 grams. And all individual Canadians would be barred from distributing “one or more cannabis plants that are budding or flowering, or … more than four cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering.”

2) Conservative MP Marilyn Gladu would delete a clause (12) that includes the provision for individuals to grow up to four cannabis plants at home.

“Report Stage” allows MPs to propose amendments after a bill has returned from committee. The Speaker decides which proposed amendments are in order.

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MPs also consider a motion on automated external defibrillators (AEDs):

That, in the opinion of the House, within twelve months of the adoption of this motion: (a) the government should follow the example of other Canadian police services and act to save hundreds of lives each year by equipping all RCMP vehicles with automated external defibrillators (AEDs); and (b) the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security should undertake a study to determine the availability of AEDs in first responder vehicles across Canada and make recommendations to the House in that regard while respecting the jurisdiction of other levels of government.

In committee:

And just a note: the House of Commons doesn’t sit tomorrow, ahead of Remembrance Day on Saturday. Sittings resume on Monday, Nov. 20.

-Andrew Thomson

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