Trudeau’s govt wins in stripping away Senate amendments on Cannabis Act

Ottawa – The Senate had recommended forty-six amendments earlier this month to Bill C-45, the legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana nationally.

Trudeau’s Liberal government, however, rejected thirteen of those proposed amendments by the Senate last week — including one that would have affirmed the provinces’ right to ban home-growing of marijuana. Trudeau’s govt wins in stripping away Senate amendments after many weeks of going back and forth with it.

The Senate recommended the government to ratify the right of the provinces to ban home cultivation, but the motion that would have allowed this amendment to be returned to the bill was defeated by a vote of 45-35.

Another amendment that was taken out from the legislation was regarding a public registry of investors in cannabis companies. The amendment sought to inhibit national and international criminal gangs from using offshore tax respite to invest in Canada’s cannabis industry.

Yet another amendment vetoed by the government was the banning of “swag” and other cannabis materials that displayed company logo.

Independent Sen. André Pratte said he was angry the bill passed without the major amendments proposed by the Senate.

“Of course I am disappointed, and also a little bit angry that they didn’t take more time and of course did not accept the amendment. We believe that it was a reasonable and flexible solution to the problem.”

“[The Liberals] have to decide at one point; what kind of Senate do they really want,” Pratte said. “Do they want a really independent, modern Senate? If so, well, they have to take our amendments into consideration seriously.”