Canada Finally Has A Timeline For Legal Weed
7/1 blaze it.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make good on his promise to legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018, according to CBC News.
Citing an anonymous senior government official, the report says the Liberal government will announce legislation next month, just in time for 4/20.
Legalizing marijuana was a key campaign promise from the party during the 2015 election and Trudeau established a task force to examine the issue.
A report released by the task force last December gave a series of recommendations, including letting provinces set a legal age for consumption.
The reports recommendations include:
* Setting a national minimum age of 18, but giving provinces and territories the ability to match their legal age for alcohol, which is 19 in most provinces.
* Placing severe restrictions on pot advertising, matching the strict rules for tobacco promotion.
* Limiting people to 30 grams of cannabis for personal use in public.
* Limiting people who grow their own weed to four pot plants.
Although non-medical marijuana remains illegal in Canada at present, there's been a spike in storefront dispensaries — followed by a spike in police raids.
Raids in several cities have led to charges, seizures, and the closure of dozens of dispensaries. Last year in Toronto, a police operation named "Project Claudia" saw 90 people arrested at 43 different dispensaries and 269 kilograms of pot seized.
This month, police executed warrants at dispensaries in three Canadian cities, resulting in the arrests of well-known pot activists Marc and Jodie Emery.
"Until we have a framework to control and regulate marijuana, the current laws apply," Trudeau said in B.C. earlier this month.
Despite the wait, people are pretty excited.
And by people, we mean Americans.
Come for the poutine, stay for the pot.
With files from Ishmael Daro.