It seems as though one of Justin Trudeau’s more controversial promises — to legalize recreational marijuana use — may finally come to fruition. The liberal government is set to announce legislation next month that should have us the legalization of marijuana in Canada by July 1 2018.
Although the federal government will be in charge of making sure that Canada’s marijuana supply is kept secure, the provinces will maintain the right to decide pricing, and how the marijuana is to be sold and distributed.
In the report released by the task force that Trudeau enlisted to study how marijuana could be legalized and regulated, over 80 recommendations were offered. A few of the main points of focus in the report centered around sales and marketing, taxation, possession, distribution, public safety, and education.
The task force suggests that marijuana sales be limited to those over the age of 18, and that cannabis and alcohol should not be sold in the same location when it can be avoided. It will be required that packaging remains plain and contains the strain name, the THC and CBD amount, as well as health warnings. Restrictions will be in place around the advertisement aspect of marijuana, quite similar to the ones that already exist for tobacco.
Restrictions will be set on public smoking, and the provincial government will be able to regulate establishments dedicated to the use of cannabis product. There will be a limit set on how much marijuana is allowed to be on the person, with the task force suggesting that that the limit be 30 grams of non-medical cannabis.
As for Canadians who would prefer to grow their own rather than looking to a dispensary, they will be limited to four plants per household.
The liberals stated in their platform that they believe it to be necessary to “legalize regulate and restrict access to marijuana” in order to keep drugs out of the hands of children, and money out of the hands of criminals.
Raids occurring in several major cities have resulted in seizures, charges, and the closure of dozens of dispensaries, causing some Canadians to question if Trudeau would in fact follow through with the plan to legalize. In B.C. earlier this month, Trudeau said “until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current laws apply.”
Your poutine and beavertails are about to get so much better.
[h/t: CBC Politics.]