The Senate of Canada is entering the final phase of debate over the legalization of recreational cannabis.

After five Senate committees rigorously studied Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, debate at third reading began in the Red Chamber on Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Senators agreed to structure the debate thematically in a motion that was unanimously adopted Thursday. The first day of debate saw speeches and amendments relating to cannabis production; Friday’s debate covered issues relating to its sale and distribution.

Debate on Monday, June 4 will address international issues relating to cannabis; Tuesday’s debate is set to include speeches and amendments relating to criminal penalties. On Wednesday, senators will debate issues relating to cannabis consumption.

The Senate is live-tweeting the debate over Bill C-45. You can also keep up to date with speeches, committee reports and the status of provincial and territorial cannabis legislation through the Senate’s Cannabis Act webpage.