Canada to legalize cannabis for recreational use

According to new reports, the government is going to announce legislation that will make weed fully legal by July 1, 2018.

Former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, whom Trudeau appointed as a pot point man, was in Ottawa for the weekend retreat to brief the Liberal caucus on how the marijuana bill will unfold next month and over the next year.

The Liberals are expected to set the minimum age of 18 to buy and use pot, but will allow each province to increase the legal age if they wish to do so.

The task force also recommended adults be allowed to grow up to four plants and possess 30 grams of dried cannabis. The guy's been making some progress in almost all platform areas for the last two years, and is now committing himself to one more action item: marijuana legalization.

Provincial governments will also be responsible for setting the price. Here are the five things we know about Canada's marijuana law so far.

While DFIs are seen as a potentially good way to attract private companies, some analysts say more needs to be done to make sure companies are in fact investing the money properly and not just grabbing a government handout. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. A federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation was convened in December 2015, and underwent a year of "extensive public consultations and expert advice" in its development of marijuana policy. Though Justin Trudeau's Liberal party is now in power, the way Canada's government is set up will give other parties the chance to debate it in the House of Commons before it is passed by Royal Assent.

"We need to look very broadly at the big picture of people's substance use", said Stockwell.

"This will be done in a careful way to keep it out of the hands of children and youth, and to stop criminals from profiting", the statement said.

If marijuana is legal by Canada Day, citizens of the Great White North will be able to light up in celebration of the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The point was underscored days later as police carried out raids on more a dozen marijuana dispensaries across the country, laying charges of possession and trafficking on almost 20 people.

  • Joanne Flowers