The Federal Government has just made public their draft regulations for the areas that are under federal responsibility with regards to the legalization of cannabis. There is a 60 day consultation period where Canadians can provide their input on these regulations. This consultation period ends January 20th, 2018.
The Federal Government will license all producers and processors, and will regulate all medical cannabis and online/postal distributors of cannabis. This will establish rules for businesses (both large and small) and for employees of these businesses (background checks). The Federal Government will also regulate the import/export process, as well as packaging content, the national Cannabis Tracking System, and the forms in which cannabis can be legally sold in (oil, seeds, edibles, health products, etc.).
The detailed discussion paper outlining the proposed regulations can be found here: https://www.canada.ca/consultation-proposed-approach-regulation-cannabis/
A large part of the federal responsibility once cannabis is legalized is regulating the cultivation and processing of cannabis. Government officials have prepared a helpful chart showing what regulations and rules apply to what part of the cultivation, processing, and federal regulated selling of cannabis. You can find that chart here: https://www.canada.ca/content/proposed-requirements-cultivation-processing-federal-sale-licences.pdf
Please take a moment to read through these documents and to participate in the consultation process. When Washington State and Colorado legalized cannabis, it had a big impact on the culture and perception of those states and we believe it will have a significant impact on Canada’s social and cultural spheres as well. It is important that you have a voice in this matter before changes are implemented in Canada