Canada To Legalise Recreational Marijuana By Mid

People who are of age will be able to buy weed at approved outlets and can also grow up to four pot plants per household legally.

Bolstering its reputation as the cool North American country where you want to hang out, getting publicly funded health care and listening to Rush, Canada has revealed plans to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018.

The federal legislation is expected to task Ottawa with licensing producers and ensuring the safety of the marijuana supply, in keeping with the recommendations of a government-appointed task force.

Uruguay in South America is the only nation to have legalised recreational cannabis.

Legalizing marijuana was one of the key 2015 campaign promises of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, whose slow movement toward realizing it has recently been the subject of some politely Canadian backlash.

Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the Liberal government has not decided how to tax marijuana, but is instead focused on making sure it stays out of the hands of children and criminals.

Even if they weren't surprised by the date, players in the Canadian marijuana market are taking notice of the news that individual provinces will be deciding how marijuana is sold.

Trudeau has stressed that in the absence of legislation, recreational marijuana remains illegal across Canada. The time frame for legalization will also depend on how ready the provinces are for handling the distribution and retail aspects of legal pot.

"Until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current laws apply", Trudeau said in early March.

While the United States under Attorney General Jeff Sessions is mulling the possibility of stepping up federal enforcement of legalized states, Canada is set to roll-out full legalization of marijuana, including recreational marijuana, by the Summer of 2018.

  • Joanne Flowers