The Canadian senate made history on Tuesday June 19 when it passed Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act.
As of October 17 Canada will have a national recreational cannabis market, making cannabis available to adults who meet the minimum age requirements. With a little over 12 weeks to prepare provinces and territories are scrambling to get their respective frameworks in place. While the country goes into a cannabis frenzy we know one thing for certain; we here at Budderweeds are ready and we bet you are too.
The Cannabis Act was introduced with the aim to take the criminal element out of the cannabis blackmarket and to prevent youth from using cannabis. Not to mention the hefty taxes to be made off what’s expected to be a multi-billion dollar industry. Legalizing Cannabis was one of the big promises prime minister Justin Trudeau made during his campaign. The act to legalize the recreational use of marijuana was first introduced in April 2017. Just over one year later the Senate passed the Bill and royal assent was granted a few days later.
This is historic, not just for Canada but for the world. Canada is the second nation to legalize and regulate recreational cannabis and the first G-7 nation to do so. Our nation is a trailblazer (pardon the pun), leading the way in embracing a plant that was demonized for the greater part of the 20th century. After Canada leads the way in regulating recreational cannabis other nations are likely to follow suit.
Cannabis legalization is coming but that doesn’t mean it will be a free for all. Stringent rules will apply.
People will be able to purchase fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants and seeds from retail stores that are separate from alcohol and tobacco outlets. In some Provinces cannabis may be sold in privately run stores. In other provinces, such as Ontario, it will be sold in provincially run stores. And if you live in Newfoundland and Labrador you will even be able to find cannabis in Loblaws.
People will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams on them and grow up to 4 plants at home. Minors (under 18) will not be allowed to buy cannabis and impaired driving laws will be set to curtail people driving while under the influence of cannabis.
Times Are a Changin’
Cannabis legalization will be a game changer. Many people are wondering how this will impact recreational smokers. There will be positive and negative repercussions.
First, there will be fewer brands available. Many grey market brands and dispensaries will be shut down or bought out by the competition. This means the big players in the cannabis industry will get even bigger and the smaller ones will gradually disappear.
Also, the large, industrialized, government-sanctioned pot facilities will churn out massive amounts of greenhouse grown, machine trimmed weed. Read: crappy weed.
Future of Budderweeds
Luckily we here at Budderweeds don’t plan on going anywhere. We’ll continue to turn out great BC bud that’s grown in small craft batches, lovingly trimmed with care. Budderweeds premium products are available at select dispensaries and provincial government agencies.