Wednesday: MPs Consider Government Response to C-45 Amendments

A marijuana plant at the AmeriCanna Edibles facility

Wednesday: MPs Consider Government Response to C-45 Amendments

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Joe Mahoney

UPDATED June 13, 2018 4:16pmET


MPs are considering the government response to Senate amendments on the cannabis bill. WATCH LIVE:

The government is opposed to giving provinces and territories the power to ban home cultivation, arguing:

The government has been clear that provinces and territories are able to make additional restrictions on personal cultivation but that it is critically important to permit personal cultivation in order to support the government’s objective of displacing the illegal market.

Manitoba and Quebec have indicated a preference for banning home cultivation of cannabis; C-45 would allow up to four cannabis plants at a person’s “dwelling-house.”

The Senate had rejected an outright ban on home cultivation, instead favouring the final say to rest with provincial and territorial governments.

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The government also wants the House of Commons to reject:

  • a ban on cannabis companies using branded merchandise to market their products.
  • requiring corporate transparency from cannabis producers that receive federal licences. This would include the names of directors and officers, who holds controlling interest, and parent corporation or trust, and the names of shareholders. Conservative Senator Claude Carignan promoted the measure as necessary “to prevent the involvement of organized crime in the cannabis industry through the use of tax havens.
  • making “social sharing” with someone less than two years younger a ticketable offence instead of indictable — and instead of no penalty at all, as the social affairs committee decided in adopting 40 earlier amendments. The measure is aimed at those who share cannabis with those not of legal age, and would be limited to 5 grams.

The Senate passed more than 40 amendments before returning the bill to the Commons late last week.

-Andrew Thomson