Canada's Government Introduces Bill To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 18, 2017

If Canada is successful in legalising the recreational use of the drug, it will be the G7 country to do so. The liberal government on Thursday tabled two bills that will end the prohibition of marijuana in the country.

Set minimum federal conditions that provincial and territorial legislation for the distribution and retail sale of pot would be required to meet.

Here are five things to know about Canada's proposed marijuana policy, which officials hope to have in place by July 2018.

There's still a lot to do: the bill needs to become law; each province has to figure out how people will go about buying marijuana; and marketing regulations will have to be standardized.

Canada has been in "very close touch" with the USA on the issue, said Goodale, but he had little to say about Canadians who might fear trouble from American border guards when travelling south. Provinces could raise the minimum age of consumption if they choose, the government says. However, it is important to understand that the already legal access to cannabis for medical purposes is a separate and more important issue for the hundreds of thousands of Canadians who rely on cannabis, prescribed by a Doctor, for a variety of medical conditions.

Provinces will be allowed to sell only cannabis grown by a licensed producer.

Lawmakers in Canada have introduced legislation that would make it the largest developed country to legalize marijuana nationwide. The new legislation would allow adults to buy fresh and dried cannabis, as well as seeds and plants to grow at home.

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"We have legalized marijuana".

The Canadian government unveiled legislation on Thursday to legalize marijuana. "Police forces spend between $2 billion and $3 billion every year trying to deal with cannabis, and yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world ..."

She said: "One in seven youths who have used cannabis will develop an addiction to cannabis and that impacts your life, schooling, job prospects, social and emotional relationships".

The drug has created new enforcement challenges because there has never been a legal or verified scientific test to determine a level of THC - the psychoactive chemical in pot - that causes impairment, for example, while driving.

Bill Blair, the ex-Toronto police chief turned Liberal MP, said the objective is not to promote the use of pot, but to allow its safe, socially responsible use through the mechanism of legislation and strict regulation. Transporting cannabis across global borders or selling to minors would be serious criminal offenses. However, crossing the border into the United States, where marijuana has only been legalized in eight states, including California and the District of Columbia, could prove challenging for Canadian pot smokers.

There is a widespread feeling in Canada's judicial system that people can get out of a charge of impaired driving with the help of high-priced lawyers who often take advantage of a number of court decisions that have weakened the law over the years.

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