April 13, 2017, the Federal Government (through the Minister of Justice and Attorney
General of Canada) introduced Bill C-45, Cannabis Act (An Act respecting
cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal
Code and other Acts). This legislation legalizes and regulates cannabis production, use and sale across the country by July 2018.
In Ontario, the Legalization of Cannabis Secretariat (LCS) has
been established and has engaged stakeholders on
topics related to the Federal government's planned legalization (such as
health regulations and youth prevention). The Ontario Cannabis Act, introduced in November 2017, details the proposed rules regarding the protection of youth and young adults and keeping roads and communities safe.
OPSBA and its members share concerns regarding the short timelines for legalization. These concerns, and additional comments made to the Ministry of Education on behalf of our members, are outlined in our September 19, 2017, letter to Ministry staff and OPSBA’s November submission regarding Bill 174, Cannabis, Smoke-Free Ontario and Road Safety Statute Law Amendment Act, 2017.