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:
- Medical Marijuana and Charter Rights
- Legislative History of Medical Marijuana in Canada
- What’s Next for Marijuana Regulation?
- Progress on Legalized Recreational Cannabis
1 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, SC 1996, c. 19.