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House Health Committee to study marijuana bill before Commons returns

By Derek Abma      

The bill has already passed second reading in the House, and the government is hoping to have it in effect by July 1, 2018.

A man smokes marijuana on Parliament Hill during 4/20 festivities on April 20 this year. The House Health Committee is getting to work early in September on legislation that legalizes cannabis. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

In an unusual move, the House Health Committee will meet a week before the Commons returns in September in an effort to move forward with legislation to legalize marijuana. New Democrat MP Don Davies (Vancouver Kingsway, B.C.), a vice-chair of the committee, said in a phone interview last week that the committee has been scheduled to sit for five days, eight hours each day, during the week starting Sept. 11, to conduct a complete study on Bill C-45.

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