Canadian Government Set to Officially Legalize Marijuana
If you've been anxiously waiting for the Trudeau Liberals to make good on their promise to legalize pot in Canada, you might be happy to hear that the government is expected to introduce the relevant legislation soon.
According to a recent CBC article, the Liberals should announce legislation to legalize the substance next month.
The CBC reports that the pot should be legal by July 1, 2018 (a good birthday present for Canada?).
"CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan," the CBC reports.
According to the article, former Toronto police chief Bill Blair briefed the Liberal caucus on the roll-out plan and upcoming legislation during caucus meetings over the weekend.
As for how legalization will work, it appears the federal government will be responsible for quality assurance and licensing producers and the provincial governments will decide how pot is distributed and sold. Provinces will also set the price and decide how old consumers must be in order to purchase the product.
The CBC also reports that residents who wish to produce marijuana can only have four plants per household.
So, there you have it—marijuana could be coming to a store (perhaps an LCBO?) near you soon.
Are you worried…or excited?