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Cannabis Laws In Canada

The legalization and strict regulation of cannabis is a serious and complex matter that will take time. The Federal Government introduced the proposed Cannabis Act (Bill C-45) to legislature in April 2017.  On October 17, 2018 cannabis will be legalized in Canada.  For more information please see the links below for federal and provincial details.

The objectives of the Cannabis Act are to prevent young persons from accessing cannabis, to protect public health and public safety by establishing strict product safety and product quality requirements and to deter criminal activity by imposing serious criminal penalties for those operating outside the legal framework. The Act is also intended to reduce the burden on the criminal justice system in relation to cannabis

Currently, possessing and selling cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal in Canada. Cannabis remains a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act and, unless otherwise regulated for production and distribution for medical purposes, is subject to offences under that Act.

For more information on the legalization and regulation of cannabis, please visit the Government of Canada cannabis webpages.

Click here, for information on Ontario’s plan to manage the federal legalization of cannabis.


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