FEDERAL BILL

Bill C-45, An Act Respecting Cannabis And To Amend The Controlled Drugs And Substances Act, The Criminal Code And Other Acts

FEDERAL BILL - ENACTS A NEW STATUTE (CANNABIS ACT) AND AMENDS MULTIPLE STATUTES

Royal Assent
June 21, 2018


RECOMMENDATION His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts”. SUMMARY This enactment enacts the Canna... (Click for more)


House

1st Reading 2nd Reading 3rd Reading
Apr 13, 2017 Jun 8, 2017 Nov 27, 2017

Senate

1st Reading 2nd Reading 3rd Reading
Nov 28, 2017 Mar 22, 2018 Jun 7, 2018

Published on June 21, 2018

Bill Summary

Bill C-45, An Act Respecting Cannabis And To Amend The Controlled Drugs And Substances Act, The Criminal Code And Other Acts

RECOMMENDATION


His Excellency the Governor General recommends to the House of Commons the appropriation of public revenue under the circumstances, in the manner and for the purposes set out in a measure entitled “An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts”.







SUMMARY







This enactment enacts the Cannabis Act to provide legal access to cannabis and to control and regulate its production, distribution and sale.








The objectives of the 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.








The Act


(a) establishes criminal prohibitions such as the unlawful sale or distribution of cannabis, including its sale or distribution to young persons, and the unlawful possession, production, importation and exportation of cannabis;



(b) enables the Minister to authorize the possession, production, distribution, sale, importation and exportation of cannabis, as well as to suspend, amend or revoke those authorizations when warranted;



(c) authorizes persons to possess, sell or distribute cannabis if they are authorized to sell cannabis under a provincial Act that contains certain legislative measures;



(d) prohibits any promotion, packaging and labelling of cannabis that could be appealing to young persons or encourage its consumption, while allowing consumers to have access to information with which they can make informed decisions about the consumption of cannabis;



(e) provides for inspection powers, the authority to impose administrative monetary penalties and the ability to commence proceedings for certain offences by means of a ticket;



(f) includes mechanisms to deal with seized cannabis and other property;



(g) authorizes the Minister to make orders in relation to matters such as product recalls, the provision of information, the conduct of tests or studies, and the taking of measures to prevent non-compliance with the Act;



(h) permits the establishment of a cannabis tracking system for the purposes of the enforcement and administration of the Act;



(i) authorizes the Minister to fix, by order, fees related to the administration of the Act; and



(j) authorizes the Governor in Council to make regulations respecting such matters as quality, testing, composition, packaging and labelling of cannabis, security clearances and the collection and disclosure of information in respect of cannabis as well as to make regulations exempting certain persons or classes of cannabis from the application of the Act.









This enactment also amends the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act to, among other things, increase the maximum penalties for certain offences and to authorize the Minister to engage persons having technical or specialized knowledge to provide advice. It repeals item 1 of Schedule II and makes consequential amendments to that Act as the result of that repeal.








In addition, it repeals Part XII.‍1 of the Criminal Code, which deals with instruments and literature for illicit drug use, and makes consequential amendments to that Act.








It amends the Non-smokers’ Health Act to prohibit the smoking and vaping of cannabis in federally regulated places and conveyances.








Finally, it makes consequential amendments to other Acts.

This Bill Amends The Following Statutes

  1. Criminal Records Act R.S.C., 1985, c. C-47

  2. Corrections and Conditional Release Act S.C. 1992, c. 20

  3. Canadian Victims Bill of Rights S.C. 2015, c. 13, s. 2

  4. An Act to implement the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment and the Protocol to the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment on Matters Specific to Aircraft Equipment S.C. 2005, c. 3

  5. Controlled Drugs and Substances Act S.C. 1996, c. 19

  6. Customs Act R.S.C., 1985, c. 1 (2nd Supp.)

  7. Canada Consumer Product Safety Act S.C. 2010, c. 21

  8. Firearms Act S.C. 1995, c. 39

  9. Identification of Criminals Act R.S.C., 1985, c. I-1

  10. Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters Act R.S.C., 1985, c. 30 (4th Supp.)

  11. Non-smokers’ Health Act R.S.C., 1985, c. 15 (4th Supp.)

  12. National Defence Act R.S.C., 1985, c. N-5

  13. Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act S.C. 2000, c. 17

  14. Seized Property Management Act S.C. 1993, c. 37

  15. Youth Criminal Justice Act S.C. 2002, c. 1

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