Conservatives seeking to remove homegrown cannabis from federal Cannabis Act

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Courtesy of Lift Magazine

Conservative health critic Marilyn Gladu has put forward several motions to amend Bill C-45 as it reaches report stage in the House. One of the motions includes an amendment that would remove the ability for Canadians 18 years and older to grow up to four cannabis plants in their residence.

The proposed amendment would remove 18 lines from the section of the Cannabis Act that allows for home cultivation of up to four cannabis plants for personal use. Several of the other proposed amendments deal with other aspects of removing wording referring to this section.  The Conservatives have been highly critical of all aspects of the Cannabis Act, but home grown cannabis has been a major point of contention for several party members through the legislative process.

Rob Nicholson, the party’s justice critic, has made numerous speeches in the House referring to the danger of home grown cannabis (usually, for some reason, located in the kitchen) being more accessible to kids, and Gladu has (now famously) referred to kids using toasters to consume this homegrown kitchen-cannabis.

Rachael Harder, one Conservative committee member, was an outspoken critic of the bill during second reading, specifically identifying concern with issues like the proposed four plant limit for personal cultivation. Colin Carrie, another Conservative senator on the committee, expressed similar concerns, citing recent opposition from the Canadian Medical Association Journal to the four plant cultivation allowance.

The House Standing Committee on Health proposed an amendment to the bill that would remove the 100 cm height limit on homegrown cannabis.

With only 96 seats in the House, the Conservatives are not likely to succeed in this or their other amendments. In addition, Gladu remarked in the Standing Committee on Health on Oct 2 that it would be ‘hypocritical’ for she or her Conservative colleagues to propose amendments to a bill they do not support.

Conservatives say home grown cannabis puts kids at risk

The Cannabis Act is expected to reach report stage in the House of Commons on Wednesday, Nov. 1, after making its way through the House Standing Committee on Health in late September and early October. Report stage allows the House look at the amendments suggested by the standing committee and propose further amendments prior to third reading.

Bill C-46, the impaired driving companion bill to C-45, has just gone through a similar process and is now at third reading.

There are more joints available the higher these things grow pic.twitter.com/zRRbmVsx1p

— David️Brown️ (@drowbb) October 27, 2017

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