Wednesday, 20 September, 2017

Canada introduces legislation to legalise marijuana

Melissa Porter | 18 April, 2017, 03:42

Trudeau has long promised to legalize recreational pot use and sales. Voters in California, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada voted past year to approve recreational use, joining Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington. While eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalise recreational marijuana, the White House has suggested that the Department of Justice will do more to enforce federal laws prohibiting recreational marijuana, raising concerns over how Canada's approach will coexist with a potential USA crackdown. A household may grow up to four marijuana plants, but the primary supply will be through commercial growers, closely regulated by the authorities.

Indeed, there's plenty to look forward to with legalizing marijuana in Canada, and new companies will no doubt be chomping at the bit to get in on the action.

"It's gonna become more available for everyone, and there's definitely going to be more shops opening up", Panjwani said.

The Canadian Government is about to announce that adult-use cannabis will be legal by July 1st, 2018.

The legislation sets the minimum age at 18, but allows each province to determine whether the age should be higher. Ottawa will regulate production, including licensing producers and ensuring the safety of the country's marijuana supply.

One of the biggest questions hanging over the Liberal government's legalization efforts has been whether people previously convicted of pot offences will get a clean slate once those same crimes are no longer on the books. "From experience, I know that use of cannabis among our young people is among the highest in the world. We simply have to do better". "It is not a free for all", he said during a news conference after the bills were tabled.

Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. Canada, he added, would also "make the very strong point" that its new legal regime would be better at protecting children and keeping illegal cash away from organized crime. Goodale said Canadian tourists "should never lie" to border guards and suggested he had raised the issue with USA officials.

But Christina Grant, a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Ontario, worries the government is conveying the message that marijuana is not harmful.

But Christina Grant, a professor of paediatrics, fears usage among the young will go up because concerns will lessen about its safety.

"One in seven youths who have used cannabis will develop an addiction to cannabis and that impacts your life, schooling, job prospects, social and emotional relationships", she said.

Today's plan to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis will put an end to this. That will most likely mean Canadians will purchase their cannabis in a combination of ways depending on where they are in the country. Police in Toronto, Vancouver and other cities raided stores earlier last month and made arrests.

The law will also allow adults to transport marijuana across Canada.