In case you missed it, a week ago today we moved a step closer to marijuana legalization, or, in case we’re also getting closer to designating the word marijuana as offensive, cannabis. The House of Commons vote for the Bill was 200 for, 82 against. Of course now the Bill goes to the Senate which could possibly throw a monkey wrench into the Liberal government’s plan to legalize pot by next summer because Conservative senators may hold things up.
Conservative MP’s thought things were a bit too rushed and wanted the government to consider the summer of 2019 rather than next year but their attempt to force a delay went down to defeat last Monday. The NDP supported the Liberals. So now the BILL is in the hands of the Senate. Some provinces are also complaining that next summer is too soon to be ready for marijuana legalization saying they can’t be ready for enforcement that quickly. Of course there’s now jostling among companies that want to get in on the game of distributing and selling grass once it’s legal and we hear and read about them as they vie to get into the best position to make the most money from this country’s momentous drive to legalize. This is proving to be an interesting trip, if you don’t mind the pun, and the New Year should be even more interesting.