Canada announces legislation to legalize recreational marijuana

Violet Powell
April 14, 2017

The Canadian government has introduced sweeping legislation created to permit the recreational use of marijuana throughout the country by July 2018, fulfilling an election promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has criticized the 28 states and Washington, D.C., that do not enforce federal law banning marijuana. At present, only Uruguay has a national legal regime permitting widespread use of cannabis. "The Cannabis Act reflects an evidence-based approach that will protect Canadians' public health and safety".

Goodale was speaking at a news conference attended by four Liberal Party cabinet ministers, though Trudeau himself stayed away. Individuals would be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of recreational pot, similar to the one-ounce standard set in several USA states with legal marijuana laws in effect, while households would be allowed to grow up to four plants.

It noted that in the handful of U.S. states where recreational marijuana use is legal, the minimum age was set at 21, in line with alcohol consumption. The provincial government of Saskatchewan has been vocal about its concerns, questioning the effectiveness of the government's plans to tackle the issue of drugged driving.

The law would increase penalties for those who sell to children, and revamp impaired driving laws to make it easier to prosecute people who drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Police will be given authority to administer a saliva test for cannabis if a driver shows signs of use, including the smell or cannabis or reddened eyes.

The Government of Canada officially introduced legislation to legalize and regulate and restrict access to cannabis on Thursday.

While "big marijuana" focused on whether they'll be able to advertise their product, dispensary owners anxious whether they'll have a place in the system at all.

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Colorado already has about 30 private pot clubs, according to legislative analysts, but they operate under a patchwork of local regulations and are sometimes raided by law enforcement.

"This is an orderly transition, not a free-for-all", he admonished.

The money regulations will be similar to their tobacco regulations. The four new recreational states, which grant cannabis freedom to adults 21 and older, joined Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and OR in ending decades of the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.

"We have legalized marijuana".

The proposed legislation also hands provinces, territories and municipalities the right to set their own distribution rules. Government needs to ensure that legislation is inclusive and allows small craft cannabis producers and retailers to participate in the regulated market. "Despite decades of criminal prohibition, Canadians - including 21% of our youth and 30% of young adults - continue to use cannabis at among the highest rates in the world", said Bill Blair, the MP and former Toronto police chief tapped to lead the government's plans for legalisation.

"While there are certainly issues with Canada's proposed legislation that we would like to see amended, including some overly severe provisions regarding for driving under the influence, the Canadian government is at least moving in the direction of legalization and regulation", Erik Altieri said in a statement. Hydropothecary's branding, marijuana product offering, patient service standards and product pricing are consistent with THCX's positioning as a premium brand for a legal source for medical marijuana within this new marketplace.

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