Legal Pot Will Be Available By Canada Day 2018
- Author: Leroy Wright Apr 16, 2017,
Apr 16, 2017, 5:58
Its legalisation and regulation for recreational use is expected in 2018, in time for Canada's national holiday on July 1.
"Right now, we have a system that has been built up in a piece-meal approach", the senior official said, adding the government now wants to tighten up the law for both drug- and alcohol-related impairment.
In particular, Canadians who are 18 years old and over would legally be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis in public.
Canada has permitted medical use of cannabis since 2001 and has a thriving industry of licensed marijuana suppliers who have been eagerly awaiting the opening of the recreational market.
The proposed legislation would allow the federal government to license producers, but provinces would be in charge of regulating consumer sale.
On whether the proposed framework will eliminate the black market for marijuana: "The question of how good the enforcement is and whether we really are able to drive this entirely into the legal market is going to be completely in the hands of the province because they're the ones that do the enforcement on this".
Marijuana in Canada is mostly consumed by the young people and according to reports, 30% of Canadians aged 20-24 use cannabis. And it all starts today: legalizing marijuana.
However, strict guidelines will be set on how marijuana can be marketed, as the government is now deciding whether producers should be required to use plain packaging, with endorsements banned and child-proof packaging required.
Uruguay, in South America, is the only nation to legalize recreational marijuana. They can also share cannabis with each other or buy it as well as cannabis oil and other cannabis products from retailers regulated by Canada's provinces and territories.
While many details remain to be seen, the legislation will block sellers from marketing cannabis products that appeal to youth or are packaged or labelled in a way to appeal to them. "The proposed legislation, which is introduced today, seeks to legalise, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis".
Indeed, there's plenty to look forward to with legalizing marijuana in Canada, and new companies will no doubt be chomping at the bit to get in on the action. The legislation will be reviewed in Parliamentary committees, where alterations could be made.
The plan is to have a legalized pot system in place by the end of June 2018.
Ralph Goodale, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said Thursday that the Canadian government has developed legislation with its American counterparts in mind.
"It has focused entirely on how to reduce the social and health harms associated to cannabis in its production, distribution and consumption", Blair said.
The new law will expand pot use to non-medicinal purposes, where now Canadian law mandates that such uses are illegal, according to NPR.
Canada has been in "very close touch" with the US on the issue, said Goodale, but he had little to say about Canadians who might fear trouble from American border guards when travelling south.