Matt Maurer and Whitney Abrams’ article “Canada’s Proposed Cannabis Act: What Restaurateurs Need to Know” was published in RestoBiz on November 1, 2017.
Canada’s Proposed Cannabis Act: What Restaurateurs Need to Know
In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, (the “Act”) which will legalize the recreational use of cannabis nationwide. The Federal government has committed to a legal market taking effect by July 1, 2018, which will surely impact many Canada Day celebrations.
The Act sets out much of the legal regime, including limits on possession, the licensing regime, personal cultivation limits and rules for advertising and promotion for cannabis. The Federal government has left it to the provinces and territories to form their own legislation and regulations on several key issues. The provinces and territories were granted powers to determine how and where cannabis will be sold, distributed and consumed, in addition to establishing the minimum age for purchase and possession (so long as it is above the Federal minimum of 18 years).
Many of the provinces and territories took to legalization plans by sourcing opinions of residents. Online surveys, studies and reports were prepared and hearings were held, giving business owners and other stakeholders an opportunity to provide input in shaping this new ground.
As of October 2017, only Ontario and New Brunswick have revealed concrete plans for legislation and regulations. In Ontario, recreational cannabis will be exclusively sold by the provincial government at retail storefronts and online. New Brunswick has indicated that it will establish a Crown Corporation to oversee sales. The announcement however did not rule out private retail… Read the full article here.