Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday that recreational cannabis use will be legal by summer as promised in his campaign, despite the fact that a number of senators are urging the Liberal government to delay legalization for up to a year for further consultation with Indigenous communities.
“We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving forward with summer on the legalization of cannabis,” he said.
“Obviously, as I’ve said many times, this is not an event, this is a process, and we will continue to work with our partners in the municipalities, in provinces and Indigenous leadership in communities to make sure we’re doing this right and moving forward in a responsible way.”
The Senate’s Aboriginal peoples committee has been reviewing Bill C-45 since the Bill was approved in Principle by the Senate earlier this year. The committee believes the government should be careful in taking to time create culturally sensitive materials available to warn Indigenous communities about the dangers associated with consuming cannabis and to negotiate a revenue-sharing deal with First Nations governments to make sure they are getting a part of the millions of dollars anticipated from taxes on legal cannabis.
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