Canada Plans to Legalize Marijuana by July 1, 2018

On the week of April 10 of this week, the Canadian government will announce legislation that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018, CBC News reported this early yesterday evening. 

The legislation laid out strict regulation rules for each level of government. The federal government will be in charge of implementing several regulations which include creating regulations to ensure that all marijuana supply will be safe and secure. The federal government will also control the licensing of cannabis growers. As for the provinces, they will be able to decide how the marijuana is distributed, sold, and set the price for it. 

As for the age limit to consume marijuana, Ottawa will set a minimum age of 18 to purchase marijuana, but other provinces will be able to higher the age limit as they see fit. The legislation will also include regulation on cultivating marijuana, as of right now, it will be limited to 4 plants per household.  

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Justin Trudeau during a campaign trail in 2015 at Mildred Hall School in Yellowknife

 

The legalization of marijuana was an issue that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to rally for. A main reason why Trudeau was extremely popular with the young voters. In his platform, the Liberals, said it was necessary to "legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana in order to keep drugs out of the hands of children, and the profilts out of the hands of criminals." 

But many Canadians are worrisome, they don't believe that Trudeau will follow through with his promise. This can be accounted for by the recent raids on marijuana dispensaries in which charged several people with possession and trafficking in cities like Toronto and Vancouver. "I do not believe Justin Trudeau is going to bring in the legalization of marijuana and as proof that...we are still seeing, particularly young, Canadians being criminalized by simple possession of marijuana," said Peter Julian the House Leader of the NDP in Canada.