The Canadian Government Says It Will Introduce A Bill To Legalize Marijuana Next Year

    It's a 4/20 miracle!

    On her first 4/20 as Canada's health minister, Jane Philpott announced the government would be introducing a bill to legalize marijuana next spring.

    Chris Wattie / Reuters

    Jane Philpott speaks in the House of Commons in February 2016.

    Philpott was speaking at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday as part of a special session on drugs.

    Happening now at the UN: .@janephilpott announces that the gov will introduce legislation in spring 2017 to legalize marijuana #cdnpoli

    She didn't offer many more details during her speech, the Canadian Press reported.

    Later, Philpott released a statement that didn't explicitly mention marijuana legalization, but said that drug policy "requires collaborative action and a strong emphasis on public health that includes upstream prevention, compassionate treatment, harm reduction and support for recovery."

    The Liberal government was elected in the fall in part on a promise to legalize and regulate marijuana.

    Meanwhile, a couple thousand people are expected to blaze on Parliament Hill on Wednesday afternoon as part of the yearly 4/20 celebrations.

    Patrick Doyle / Reuters

    The Parliament Hill carillonneur (the person who plays the big bells in the Peace Tower) even has a special set list prepared to mark the occasion.

    Chill AF.

    Emma Loop was a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in Washington, DC.

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