Canada introduces law to decriminalize marijuana

  • Canada introduces law to decriminalize marijuana

Canada introduces law to decriminalize marijuana

The face of legal marijuana in Canada remains veiled in spite of the legislative dance Thursday by a chorus of federal Liberal cabinet ministers. A household can have four marijuana plants.

A federal task force had recommended that cannabis not be sold in liquor stores, given concerns that having the drug available in so many locations would encourage more widespread use. The provinces, though, could increase that age limit if they wanted to. This isn't too out of the norm, however, as it's the same age limit set by Uruguay, the only nation that has fully legalized cannabis.

"The bills we propose today are aiming at putting drug dealers and organized crime out of the cannabis business", Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said.

In many cases, it is easier for our kids to buy cannabis than cigarettes.

His government should be congratulated for the Cannabis Act, not least because it gets numerous tricky details right. "The proposed legislation, which is introduced today, seeks to legalise, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis".

The government will allow the citizens to carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use.

Cannabis as a substance is completely different than alcohol or tobacco and should not have its advertisements restricted in the same way. "This piece of legislation puts the Canadian family at risk, " said Pamela McColl of Smart Approaches to Marijuana Canada, an antilegalization group. While eight USA 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 U.S. crackdown.

Rather, Trudeau was right a year ago when he said, somewhat counter-intuitively, that legalization, if done right, has the potential actually to manage access.

The legislation would also prohibit cannabis retailers from intentionally targeting young people with marketing campaigns and institute harsh penalties for retailers caught selling to underage people.

The bill introduced by ministers of justice, health, public safety, and federal revenue, would establish a new scheme that drops current criminal sanctions for producing and distributing marijuana.

Of the three leading candidates in the race for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, I am the only one who is opposed to the legalization of marijuana. It would also be legal for tourists to use it while visiting.

That is a boon for the 40 or so firms now authorized to sell medicinal marijuana.

Even so, Brendan Kennedy, president of Tilray, a medical marijuana producer in Nanaimo, British Columbia, said his company would ask that producers be allowed to develop brands through distinctive packaging.

Ottawa's legislation provided some clarity on what the recreational market will look like, such as impaired driving rules, but major questions remain, including how cannabis will be distributed, which will be determined by the provinces.

Marijuana supporters in the US believe their North American neighbor is on the right track with ending probation overall.

Dr. Perry Kendall, B.C.'s chief medical officer of health, sat on a task force on marijuana and said he is glad to see the government appears to have agreed with its findings and recommendations. "On our side of the border, the Trump administration and Attorney General Jeff Sessions seem more intent on reviving outdated and erroneous "Reefer Madness" rhetoric than allowing science and facts to dictate public policy".

"Currently, marijuana possession is against federal law in the United States, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection will enforce the law as appropriate", the official said.

The government has set a ambitious goal of implementing the new laws by July 2018 especially given that exact regulations, Senate approval and provincial regulations still need to be worked out.