MLA worries Feds still rushing cannabis legislation

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The House of Commons continues to comb through about four dozen different ammendments after the Senate passed recreational marijuana legislation.

Bill C-45 was passed by the Senate last week with 50 votes in favour, 30 against and one abstention. It's a first for a G20 country to make cannabis completely legal on the federal level, and will end the 94 year prohibition of cannabis in Canada.

Canada's public health board will be regulating the packaging laws and who would able to smoke and purchase the drug; the minimum age being 19 or older across the country.

After the House of Commons is done with their process the bill will be passed back to the Senate where they will go through the same proccess.

According to Cameron Friesen, the Minister of Finance for Manitoba and MLA for Morden/Winkler, the provinces have asked for more time to flesh out the logistics of selling cannabis across Canada. Despite the rush, Friesen says Manitoba is prepared and on track for when the legalization process is done.

According to a joint news release by Manitoba Justice Minister Heather Stefanson and Quebec Minister of Canadian Relations Jean-Marc Fournier, the growth and cultivation of personal cannabis will be prohibited. Only registered, government sanctioned growers, and people who have been authorized for medical purposes are allowed to grow cannabis in Manitoba and Quebec. Everywhere else across the country, up to four plants are allowed, while being the minimum age of 19 to do so.

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