Legislation in Canada legalizing and regulating recreational marijuana use will be proposed next month, the CBC Information reported on Sunday, March 26, 2017. New laws will be introduced in April towards the ultimate goal of legalization throughout the country by Canada Day 2018 (July 1).
The CBC reported that Ottawa will safeguard the Canadian marijuana supply and license its producers. Purchasers of the drug need to be 18 years of age. However, provinces have the freedom to set a higher age, control price and also determine how marijuana is actually bought and sold. Canadians will be allowed raise their own marijuana plants, but would be restricted to four (4) such plants per household. Canadians will also be allowed to purchase or carry up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use.
A task force which earlier studied the issue also recommended storefront sales, mail-order distribution and allowing many different types producers to operate legally, including so-called “craft” growers. The marijuana legalization issue was a core campaign promise for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal party. Offering the new legislation in April, 2017 would make good on the pledge that the Liberal government made last year.