C-45: An Act respecting cannabis and to amend the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act, the Criminal Code and other Acts
The Budget Implementation Act provides the legislative framework to implement key campaign commitments that were reiterated in Budget 2017.
The first and foremost reason our Government supports this legislation is that it is protecting youth. Our Government is committed to protecting young Canadians by keeping cannabis out of the hands of children and youth. Through the proposed Cannabis Act, our Government would restrict youth access to cannabis, put in place strict safeguards to protect youth from being encouraged to use cannabis, and create new offences for those adults who either sell cannabis to youth or use youth to commit a cannabis-related offence. Our Government is also investing in a robust public education campaign to inform youth of the risks and harms of cannabis use.