On 19 June 2018, the Senate passed Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act. On 21 June 2018, the Bill received Royal Assent, thereby legalizing marijuana for recreational use in Canada. Bill C-45, however, which also regulates how cannabis will be grown, distributed and sold in Canada, does not come into force until 17 October 2018.
On June 25, The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) issued a Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use. The CCCB shared its concerns on the likely effects of the use and promotion of marijuana for recreational purposes; how legalization may affect one’s Christian life and what approach we can take to help addicts. This Statement has since been endorsed by the Canadian Council of Imams.
Catholic Pastoral Centre Staff and Guest Writers