The Liberal government is almost done making Marijuana a legal recreational drug, and as a part of the new bill that will be passed, Canadians will be able to hold up to thirty (30) grams on their person without any fear from the Law.
That is just one of several details about what will be included in the federal government’s marijuana legislation, which is expected to be introduced this Thursday (April 13, 2017).
Other elements that will be contained in the upcoming bill include:
- Introducing penalties for selling cannabis to minors and driving while under the influence of marijuana — both of which were contained in the Liberals’ election platform.
- Rules that will set limits on how marijuana products are marketed, which are expected to be similar to the limitations on alcohol and tobacco.
- Funding for a public awareness campaign.
- The approval of roadside saliva tests to detect drug use.
One of the bigger issues at hand is that of impaired driving. Driving while under the influence of Marijuana is just as serious as driving while intoxicated (alcohol related), and police throughout Canada have been working with Health Canada on several pilot programs in an attempt to combat this issue with different roadside detection units.
As Westbrook Radio has already noted, the goal of the Trudeau government is to have Marijuana fully legal in Canada on or before Canada Day 2018 (July 1, 2018)
Legalization was a Liberal campaign promise in the 2015 election campaign. Both as Liberal leader and later as prime minister, Justin Trudeau has pitched to Canadians that legalization will make it harder for young people to access pot and will take profits away from organized crime.
It’s expected the government will follow a lot of the advice provided by the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation.
According to recent reporting by CBC News, that will include:
- A minimum age of 18 to buy marijuana, though provinces and territories will have the option of setting a higher age limit.
- Allowing Canadians to grow four marijuana plants per household.
- Licensing of producers, as well as ensuring the safety and security of the marijuana supply, will be a federal concern.
- Provinces and territories will set the price for marijuana and decide how it is distributed and sold.
Trudeau has already suggested that any government revenues from marijuana sales won’t go toward fattening the federal bank account. Instead, Trudeau has said the money could go toward addiction treatment, mental health support and education programs.
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