Canada’s federal government is rejecting all the Senate’s amendments to the pending marijuana law that industry sources said would make it harder for legal recreational marijuana to overtake the black market.
The Senate’s version of the Cannabis Act was approved with almost four dozen amendments. While the ruling Liberal government will accept the bulk of the changes, the most controversial ones are unlikely to make the final bill.
Amendments the Liberal government plans to reject include:
- Requiring parliamentary approval of new cannabis products (presumably including edibles and infused).
- Prohibiting “brand stretching” – the use of cannabis brand elements that are not on packaging or accessories.
- Making public the names of shareholders who hold more than 5% of any class of shares of a cannabis company.
- Giving regulators the authority to cap THC potency for certain products.