The committee reconvenes a week ahead of Parliament’s return to begin its hearings on C-45, the government’s bill to legalize marijuana. The proposed Cannabis Act would create a legal framework to control the production, distribution, sale and possession of recreational marijuana in Canada. Sales will be restricted to people age 18 and older, but provinces and territories could increase the minimum age. The Liberal government intends to legalize marijuana by July 2018.
The following federal officials discuss federal, provincial and territorial responsibilities: Jacqueline Bogden (assistant deputy minister) and Eric Costen (director general), Department of Health, Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch; Carole Morency (director general and senior general counsel, Criminal Law Policy Section) and Diane Labelle (general counsel, Health Canada Legal Services), Department of Justice; Kathy Thompson (assistant deputy minister, Community Safety and Countering Crime Branch) from the Department of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness; and Joanne Crampton (assistant commissioner, Federal Policing Criminal Operations) with the RCMP.