Cannabis Act Timeline Established

The Prime Minister has announced today that the official date for the coming into force of the federal Cannabis Act will be October 17, 2018.

This provides an additional 5 weeks over and above the initially anticipated 12-week timeline for implementation after the Senate passed Bill C-45 yesterday. Local governments will be able to make good use of this additional time for conducting public consultations, ensuring that all necessary changes to regulatory bylaws are in place, curtailing ongoing illegal operations, and creating policies to guide non-medical cannabis sales within their jurisdictions going forward.