The Senate has raised concerns about Indigenous revenue sharing and potential problems at the U.S. border, Tim Harper writes.
The Senate seems determined to slow the Liberal government’s timeline for marijuana legalization and Justin Trudeau seems just as determined to deliver his legalization on time — give or take a few weeks.
The prime minister will get his way, but that doesn’t mean the Senate, and Indigenous leaders, are not flagging some important issues.
Opposition Conservatives would like nothing more than to push the rollout of legal recreational pot into an election year, the better to take political advantage of the inevitable stumbles that will come with such a momentous move.
So, their senators can find a danger under every leaf of every plant, and some of their proposed amendments or complaints can fall into the category of frivolous or vexatious.
Senate committees studying the cannabis legislation, Bill C-45, have proposed amendments to prohibit home cultivation, leaving the authority to regulate the matter of home grown pot to the provinces.
They want the THC levels to be posted on all cannabis products and Conservative senators have unsuccessfully pushed to have the minimum age for legal purchase raised from 18 to 21 and to limit the THC level, keeping it much lower for younger consumers. [Read more @ TheStar.com]