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Senate committee urges delayed cannabis legalization, that 20% of cannabis licences go to Indigenous peoples

Thursday, May 03, 2018 @ 3:44 PM | By Cristin Schmitz

Senate committees are proposing major changes to the Liberal government’s cannabis bill, including delaying legalization of recreational cannabis for up to a year, reserving “at least 20 per cent” of cannabis production licences to Indigenous groups and making the proposed criminal prohibitions and penalties less onerous for youths.

The Senate Social Affairs, Science and Technology Committee is scheduled to report and make any amendments to Bill C-45 by May 26.

Any changes will be based on that committee’s own continuing study of Bill C-45 and will...