THE ROAD TO ROYAL AS­SENT

The London Free Press - - NP -

The le­gal­iza­tion of recre­ational cannabis was a con­spic­u­ous and con­tro­ver­sial part of Justin Trudeau’s cam­paign plat­form dur­ing the 2015 elec­tion, and once in of­fice, he wasted lit­tle time in task­ing for­mer Toronto po­lice chief Bill Blair with mak­ing the prom­ise a leg­isla­tive re­al­ity. But putting an end to nearly a cen­tury of pot pro­hi­bi­tion, and com­ing up with a reg­u­la­tory frame­work to gov­ern the drug, was no sim­ple mat­ter. Bill C-45, The Cannabis Act, was in­tro­duced on April 13, 2017, and ul­ti­mately passed in June of this year, but not be­fore a tense fi­nal vote in the Se­nate threat­ened to de­lay le­gal­iza­tion in­def­i­nitely.

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