The week of April 10th could come with good news for some, as the Liberal government is set to announce a legislation that will fulfill one of its most contentious promises — The legalization of Marijuana, by Canada Day in 2018 as reported by CBC.
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Their justification for this legislation is to “legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana” in hopes of keeping the drug “out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals.”. Ergo, the federal government will be responsible for the safety of the supply even though provinces will be autonomous in controlling the distribution, selling, and price of the marijuana.
Ottawa, who will license producers in Ontario, has set the minimum age requirement at 18 years. Other provinces are free to set a different age limit — much like the varying drinking age across territories.
There will be a limit of up to four plants of marijuana per household for those that wish to grow their own Cannabis plants.
This legislation makes it just in time to adhere to the deadline of Spring 2017 that the Liberal government promised to legalize marijuana by, a controversial pledge that was a huge incentive to youth voters during the 2015 election.
However, raids on dispensaries in Toronto and Vancouver a few weeks ago ensure one shouldn’t jump the gun before the legislation has actually passed. As Trudeau mentioned at the beginning of this month, the current laws remain applicable until a framework to control and regulate marijuana is in place.
Written by: Tejaswini Kumar
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