Marijuana Regulation in Canada – A Five-Part Series


Food and Drug Law
Food and Drug Regulatory Law This five-part series discusses the history of marijuana regulation in Canada and what to expect next given the government’s promise of legalization.

Marijuana, medicinal and recreational, is high (no pun intended!) on the new Liberal Government’s agenda as a result of recent Court decisions and an ambitious campaign promise.

At present, under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act (CDSA)1, there are several offences related to the possession, cultivation, trafficking, importation and exportation of psychoactive substances including cannabis. For example, possession of marijuana can result in imprisonment for up to seven years. A medical use regime had been layered over these prohibitions, but has been subject to repeated scrutiny by the courts.

To keep up to date with the latest on marijuana regulation in Canada, see related blog posts from this series:


1 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, SC 1996, c. 19.

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