Let The Games Begin........
In a scrum with reporters on Wednesday, Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould suggested the federal government could be gearing up for a constitutional fight with Quebec and Manitoba over one of the most well-publicized aspects of the federal government's Cannabis Act: a provision that would allow Canadians to grow up to four cannabis plants at home for recreational use.
Quebec's Liberal government and Manitoba's Progressive Conservatives both plan to ban non-medical home cultivation completely after legalization. " style="box-sizing: border-box; margin: 0px; padding: 0px; text-indent: 0px; max-width: 100%; vertical-align: bottom;"> Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould told reporters "there are limits" on the ability of provincial governments to restrict home cultivation of cannabis for recreational purposes under Bill C-45, which is not yet law. (Justin Tang / The Canadian Press)
If passed into law, the federal Cannabis Act would grant the provinces the right to "make some of the provisions including home cultivation and the number of plants more restrictive, they are free to do so," said Wilson-Raybould. "Having said that, there are limits on that." "Where provincial jurisdiction has overtaken federal jurisdiction, or the purposes in our legislation have been overtaken by another piece of legislation, there are federal paramountcy powers that come in... We are going to continue to have conversations with the provinces and territories," said Wilson-Raybould later in the scrum. 'Yes, they'll be challenged'
Legal experts say those provincial bans on growing recreational cannabis at home might face legal challenges that could lead to them being overturned by the courts. "I think yes, they'll be challenged, whether that's successful or not is not certain," said Scott Bernstein, a lawyer who works as a senior policy analyst with the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition. #acmpr #420Toronto