With under five months to go before the widely-assumed first day of legal weed sales in Canada, the three Liberal ministers responsible for legalization have faced a two-hour televised grilling at a special Senate session.
There are still questions as uncertainty about Bill C-45’s timeline and the ability of the government to legalize weed before Canada Day this year hang over the process.
It now appears that the government’s goal of legalizing cannabis on “on or before July 1” has been revised, with officials expecting weed to be legal sometime in July 2018.
Weed being legal in July doesn’t mean you will be able to actually purchase it at that point, however. Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said during Tuesday’s Senate hearing that it would take “up to 8 to 12 weeks” after C-45 is given royal assent until sales could begin, as the provinces and territories require time to prepare for retail sales.
“There is going to be a transition period, because we have to ensure that provinces and territories have the capacity to get the products in their shops,” said Petitpas Taylor after the hearing.