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Industry Experts Say Canada’s Legalization Will Start With Online Sales
Author: Jon Hiltz  19/06/2017 - 16:37:00

Cannabis industry experts in Canada are saying that provinces will more than likely not be ready for retail sales come legalization day. Instead, Canadians may only be able to buy their legal weed online and have it shipped or mailed to their place of residence.

Trina Fraser is a lawyer who specializes in cannabis business law, she recently outlined the significant regulatory work that still needs to be accomplished before stores can stock marijuana and its related products. “There’s an impression by the public that we’ll just flip a switch, and suddenly all these products that were previously illegal are going to be legal,” said Fraser. 

Fraser corroborated this statement by alluding to the tight timeline that already exists in Parliament, just to legalize in the first place. Bill C-45 has passed its second reading and will now be examined by the Standing Committee on Health this coming fall. 

The bill must pass both the House and Senate before provinces can finalize their own rules around distribution, retail, age limits, and various other details. 

“To say that in the course of eight or nine months, [the provinces] are going to introduce and pass legislation, and regulations, and implement an entirely new industry that doesn’t exist today, I just don’t see how that will happen,” said Fraser.

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