The Liberal government's controversial bill to decriminalize marijuana will be shelved until after the next election, CTV News has learned.
The contentious cannabis bill has been sitting in legislative limbo for more than two years.
While the Conservatives oppose the proposed marijuana legislation, the NDP and Bloc Quebecois support decriminalization but they want major amendments, including an amnesty.
"It's been estimated about 600,000 Canadians have a criminal record as a result of personal possession," says NDP MP Libby Davies.
The government now concedes the bill will likely be put off until after the next federal election.