The decision was in response to a reference from the government of Québec who took issue with the constitutionality of the proposed regime.
On April 13, 2017, Bill C-45, entitled
An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the Act) was published. The Act regulates possession and commercial activity involving cannabis for medical or unqualified adult use. The Government of Canada has set a goal of July 1, 2018 for implementation of the Act. Amendment of the Act and additional provincial or federal bills are widely expected over the coming months.
The Honourable William Morneau, Minister of Finance, tabled the Government's 2017 Federal Budget on March 22, 2017.