Has a Canadian Cannabis Legalization Date Finally Been Set?

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In a breaking news story making headlines across the country today, it is suspected that the Liberal government will announce legislation that will have marijuana legalized in Canada by July 1, 2018 (Canada Day).

CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.

Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who has been stickhandling the marijuana file for the government, briefed the Liberal caucus on the roll-out plan and the legislation during caucus meetings this weekend, according to a senior government official who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity. [CBC News]

Some of the notes regarding legalization are as follows:

  • The federal government will be in charge of regulating a safe supply, and Ottawa will license producers.
  • Individual provinces will have the right to decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold.
  • Provincial governments will also set the price of product.
  • Liberals will set a minimum age of 18 to buy marijuana, however provinces will have the option of setting a higher age limit if they wish.
  • Canadians who want to grow their own marijuana, they will be limited to four plants per household.

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