Canada on track to legalize recreational pot by July 2018

One bill would allow individuals over 18 to possess up to 30 grams of pot in public, share their weed with other adults and purchase cannabis and cannabis-infused products from federally licensed pot shops, and would also let adults harvest up to to four marijuana plants in their home per resident.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party, which backs legalization, holds a majority of seats in the Canadian Parliament, which means passage is all but assured.

NY [U.S.], April 14: The highly anticipated legislation aimed at regulating recreational marijuana use by July 2018 has been introduced by the Canadian Government.

Although recreational marijuana use has been legalized in some USA states, including Colorado and Washington, Canada would be the first Group of Seven country to legalize it nationally.

"It's too easy for our kids to get marijuana".

But Canadian provinces, tasked with the responsibility of regulating marijuana sales, are already scrambling to develop their plans under the potential law. 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.

When that takes effect, Canada would be the first G7 nation to make marijuana legal. The law also defines the amount of THC in a driver's blood, as detected by a roadside saliva test, that would be illegal. "The proposed legislation, which is introduced today, seeks to legalise, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis".

"The current system of prohibition is failing our kids", Blair said, as reported by CTV News.

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Lawmakers in Canada have introduced legislation that would make it the largest developed country to legalize marijuana nationwide. He was the federal government's point man on the recreational-marijuana file.

The Cannabis Act proposes only those over 18 years of age can buy cannabis but provinces and territories could increase it. Therefore, many state-legal marijuana businesses have reported difficulties using the banking system, receiving tax breaks, and otherwise operating without fear of federal interference.

Each province will decide where and how marijuana may be sold, and will set prices.

No facility that is used for sports or cultural events can be branded by a company that produces, sells, or distributes cannabis or any products or services related to the drug.

While marijuana stocks had a spirited rally in anticipation of a "rosy future", the government delivered a bleak law enforcement message, Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report in Barrie, Ontario, said in a note.

It noted Canada has the highest rates of youth cannabis use of any country in the world.

"If your objective is to protect public health and safety, and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors and stop the flow of illegal profits to organized crime, the law as it stands today, has been an abject failure", Goodale said.

The bill is opposed by the official opposition Conservatives and has many critics in the addiction recovery community, who are not convinced the legislation will be effective in protecting children or in reducing the growing dependency of Canadian youth on cannabis.

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