Canadian MPs to Vote Again on Cannabis Bill, Rejecting Senate’s Amendments on Home Grows

Canadian MPs to Vote Again on Cannabis Bill, Rejecting Senate’s Amendments on Home Grows

Several debates continue to unfold as Canadian legislators seek to legalize marijuana.

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June 14, 2018

OTTAWA – The federal Liberal government is rejecting more than a dozen Senate amendments to its landmark law to legalize cannabis, including the upper chamber’s efforts to further limit – or ban outright – the ability to cultivate marijuana at home.

In a motion put before the House of Commons, the Liberals say they can’t support a Senate amendment that would allow provinces to ban home cultivation of marijuana, arguing that the bill already gives provinces and territories the ability to impose their own restrictions.

The original legislation, once passed, would allow up to four marijuana plants per dwelling.

Quebec and Manitoba have already chosen to prohibit homegrown weed, but the amendment would have erased the possibility of legal challenges to their constitutional authority to do so.

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