Month: June 2017

Responsible cannabis use starts in the home

As the bill to legalize marijuana in Canada makes its way through the legislative process, many Canadian parents say they have concerns about increased access to cannabis by kids and an increased attitude of permissiveness that comes with legalization. While one of the Liberal Government’s stated goals for legalization is to decrease access for kids,

Legal status of edibles uncertain under C-45

Although the Liberals have tabled legislation intended to make cannabis legal in Canada by July 2018, Health Canada says it has no intention of making edibles legal any time soon. The regulator says there are unique potential health risks associated with cannabis-infused edible products that have to be properly understood before they are made legal,

Standing Committee on Health begins discussion of C-45

The Standing Committee on Health passed a motion today to begin discussing Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, and hearing from witnesses the week of September 11-15, 2017. This is a week before the House is scheduled to return from summer break. The motion to sit the week prior to the House returning was brought forward

Prorogation of parliament could threaten Cannabis Act

With continued talk of the Liberal government proroguing parliament some time this year, the timeline for passing cannabis legalization could be in question, say some industry and policy analysts. Others, however, are more optimistic, and say the Liberals are focused on meeting their mandate, including cannabis legalization by July 1, 2018. The Liberals passed Bill

Canada on course for record hempseed crop in 2017

Hempseed production in Canada may reach record levels in 2017, according to an industry report that projects up to 150,000 acres planted in Western Canada this year. There is some concern from farmers that this could create an excess of hempseed, causing prices to crash. Health Canada figures show just over 33,000 acres in production in 2016, after excess

Standing Committee on Health preparing to discuss Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act

The Standing Committee on Health is expected to begin hearings on Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act by this September, says committee vice-chair Don Davies. Committee member and NDP Justice Critic Alistair MacGregor will also be joining Davies to discuss aspects of the bill. Although there have been rumours of a summer session for the Health Committee, Davies

Cannabis Act moves on to standing committee

The Cannabis Act, Bill-C45, has passed second reading in the House of Commons today, and will now be referred to the Standing Committee on Health (HESA). It passed with 200 for and 76 against. The Health Committee is chaired by Bill Casey (Liberal). Vice chairs are Len Webber (Conservative) and Don Davies (NDP), with over 100

Peace Naturals issues voluntary recall

Editor’s note: This article initially stated this was an expansion of a previous recall. That was inaccurate. This is the first recall relating to this issue. Peace Naturals, an Ontario-based licensed producer of medical cannabis, says they have recently issued a voluntary product recall from earlier this year for cannabis that tested positive for a disallowed