Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have been holding true to a lot of promises, including the potential legalization of marijuana in Canada.
During a talk with the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Wednesday, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott revealed that Canada will be introducing a bill to legalize marijuana next spring.
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“We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,” said Jane Philpott in her speech to delegates.
The news ironically comes on the date 4/20, a day dedicated towards smoking cannabis and protesting its legalization. Vancouver’s annual “protest” will take place at sunset beach.
Philpott didn’t reveal further details on the bill, but mentioned that the Liberals would approach legalization from a “scientific and evidence-based perspective”.
She also pointed out that marijuana legalization is expected to reduce drug-related crime and prevent the use of more serious drugs.
Despite the news, majority of Vancouver marijuana dispensaries will still face pressure from the local government, and are being forced to close down by April 29, 2016.