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Cannabis Act: Questions and Answers

Cannabis Act: Questions and Answers

 

Bill C-45 an Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the Cannabis Act) was introduced in the House of Commons on April 13, 2017.

Find answers to your questions about the proposed Cannabis Act.

General

Q1. Why doesn’t the Government of Canada decriminalize cannabis for the interim period between introduction and when the proposed legislation comes into force?
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Legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis: the facts

Legalizing and strictly regulating cannabis: the facts

The proposed Cannabis Act would create a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis across Canada.

The Act seeks to:

  • restrict youth access to cannabis
  • protect young people from promotion or enticements to use cannabis
  • deter and reduce criminal activity by imposing serious criminal penalties for those breaking the law, especially those who import, export or provide cannabis to youth
  • protect public health through strict product safety and quality requirements
  • reduce the burden on the criminal justice system
  • provide for the legal production of cannabis to reduce illegal activities
  • allow adults to possess and access regulated, quality controlled legal cannabis
  • enhance public awareness of the health risks associated with cannabis

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