Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana in Canada

The minimum legal age would be 18, though provinces would be able to raise that.

Bill Blair, a member of parliament and former Toronto police chief who has led the government's marijuana reform process, said that the government consulted extensively with officials in Colorado and Washington.

Products will not be allowed to appeal to youth and packaging will need to be child-proof, the government said.

Impaired driving laws will be toughened users who mix alcohol with pot, with penalties rising from a $1,000 fine to life imprisonment, depending on the concentration of drugs and if someone else becomes a victim, either by injury or death, of the impaired person's actions. The bill, which is headed to Royal Assent next, aims to create strict guidelines to regulate the cultivation, distribution, sale and possession of marijuana in Canada for adults to use and possess legally. This could include pot being delivered by mail, as it is now done with medical cannabis.

Canadian officials were in close touch with their American counterparts as they drafted the proposed law, Ralph Goodale, Canada's public safety minister, said on Thursday.

The legislation commits the federal government to additional investment for licensing, inspection and enforcement challenges, and promises a "robust" public awareness campaign about the dangers of impaired driving.

Rob Pederson, a Realtor from Saskatchewan with the travel-advice company Canada to Arizona, said he believes the proposed laws could help his country and redirect drug profits into legal avenues.

Erik Altieri, the executive director of NORML, contrasted Trudeau's policy with the ominous rhetoric of U.S. President Donald Trump's administration on recreation marijuana. But the bill is expected to pass, meaning soon most Canadians over the age of 18 will be able to buy weed, and households will be able to grow up to four plants.

"I think that there are a lot of exciting details in terms of what the government is announcing for legalization today", said Lisa Campbell, a spokesperson for the Cannabis Friendly Business Association. It will keep cannabis out of the hands of children and youth, and stop criminals from profiting from it.”.

Each of Canada's provinces will need to decide exactly how the drug will be distributed and sold within its boundaries.

"We have legalized marijuana".

Canada has some of the highest marijuana use in the world, according to the task force, especially amongst young people. "Our system will actually be the better one", Goodale said.

The bill gives authority to set in place regulations for other specific areas such as font and colour, Philpott suggested Thursday, noting the government will take public health lessons from issues including tobacco. He was the federal government's point man on the recreational-marijuana file.

But it won't mean much to the thousands of Canadians going to Arizona every year except for the possibility of slightly more hassle at the global border by suspicious customs officers, he said.

  • Zachary Reyes