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

It's a 4/20 miracle!

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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.

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

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