the act

The Cannabis Act 


After two years of intense debate, the Cannabis Act passed through the Senate on June 19, 2018. The landmark decision makes Canada the first G-7 country to legalize cannabis recreationally.

The Cannabis Act will establish a licensing regime for the importation, exportation, production, testing, packaging, labelling, sending, delivery, transportation, sale, possession and disposal of cannabis.

Individuals and corporations will be able to apply for such licences once the Cannabis Act becomes law.



key highlights:

  • Only cannabis obtained from federally-licensed producers can be sold to the public, (i.e. the federal government will continue to act as authority for the regulation and licensing of cannabis)
  • The federal government has given provinces and territories considerable authority in developing a system of controls.

The first legal cannabis stores are expected to open by October 17, 2018.