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Canadian federal government to announce new marijuana legislation

It's nothing short of a sea change in public policy one with profound implications for everything from Canadian culture and health to border security road safety and even international relations legalizing marijuana. Two people hold a modified design Canada Country set to unveil legislation legalizing cannabis
Tobias Pedroso | 26 Abril, 2017, 19:39

The plan represents progress for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promised to legalize marijuana during his campaign.

Age: Ottawa's new cannabis legislation proposes 18 as the minimum legal age for marijuana use, with the provinces having the ability to raise it.

Households will be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants.

The government's plan, which is based on the findings of experts, still needs more work but is expected to kick off legal marijuana sales by mid-2018.

In spite of many lawmaker's enthusiasm for the proposed law, Canada's nation-wide legalization of recreational cannabis could conflict with global drug treaties which still ban the substance. In the United States - voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted past year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Details still need to be worked out, the government said, including how cannabis will be taxed and how Canada's provinces will regulate the retail network in which the product will be sold. Rather than being charged with an offense and facing a possible criminal record, someone possessing more than 30 but less than 50 grams of cannabis will receive the equivalent of a ticket for a traffic infraction. "Additionally, the proposed legislation would authorize new tools for police to better detect drivers who have drugs in their body", reads the press release.

When that takes effect, Canada would be the first G7 nation to make marijuana legal.

The federal government also did not specify what levels of THC - the psychoactive compound in marijuana -would be acceptable under the law.

Bill Blair, a member of parliament and former Toronto police chief who has led the government's marijuana reform process, said that the government consulted extensively with officials in Colorado and Washington.

On the issue of packaging, the government's proposed bill suggests cannabis sales should not be allowed packages or labels that give reasonable grounds to believe it could be sold to young people.

Currently, "processing and selling cannabis for non-medical purposes" is against Canadian law in all parts of the country.

It's nothing short of a sea change in public policy, one with profound implications for everything from Canadian culture and health to border security, road safety and even worldwide relations: legalizing marijuana. "Yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the Western world, and criminals pocket 7 to 8 billion dollars in illicit proceeds", he said. The legislation will be reviewed in Parliamentary committees, where alterations could be made.

In anticipation of the legislative move, there has reportedly been a rush on licenses to produce medical marijuana, pot stocks have shot up, and dispensaries have opened in cities across the country vying for market share in what promises to be a lucrative business. “Youth already think marijuana is harmless, and now we are giving them the governments seal of approval.

However, some Canadian doctors have expressed concerns that the prime minister's legalization plans may trivialize marijuana.