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31 January 2018
An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the so-called 'Cannabis Act') recently passed its first reading in the Senate.(1) The act provides a framework for restricted access to cannabis and is expected to come into force no later than July 2018.
Concurrently, Health Canada issued a notice of intent to develop regulations under the proposed act, which states that:
"among other things, the proposed regulatory framework aims to protect the health and safety of young persons and others by restricting promotions or enticements that could appeal to them, to provide Canadians with access to quality-controlled legal cannabis, and to reduce illegal cannabis-related activities."
Health Canada launched a public consultation on November 21 2017, which was open for comments until January 20 2018.
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