In view of the potential major changes to cannabis laws in Canada, with the proposed legalization and regulation of recreational cannabis looming, Canadian businesses that may be impacted should be cognizant of the resulting legal implications.

In April 2017, the Government of Canada introduced Bill C-45An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts (the Cannabis Act). The draft legislation aims to create a legal framework for the production, distribution, sale and possession of recreational use cannabis in Canada. Until the Act receives parliamentary approval and royal assent, the production, distribution and sale of cannabis outside of the existing regulatory regime for medical marijuana remains illegal.

If enacted, the legalized recreational cannabis market is projected to have a significant impact on the Canadian economy. The end of recreational cannabis prohibition brings with it new opportunities for your business, regulatory complexities, and at present, a degree of uncertainty as the federal and provincial governments seek to develop regimes governing the production, sale and distribution of recreational use cannabis.

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