Canada is reportedly set to legalize recreational marijuana

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Justin Trudeau

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, is set to fulfill his campaign promise by the Liberal government, over the legal use of Cannabis

Legal status will reportedly go into effect by July 1, 2018

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal nationwide in Canada, a recent report from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) stated.

The new legislation — which is in line with both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pledge to legalize and regulate marijuana and with the November recommendations of a federally appointed task force on the drug — is expected to be introduced the week of April 10, the Sunday reportsaid.

Under the proposed plan, the country’s federal government will oversee supply and licensing, while provinces would reportedly have the right to decide how marijuana will be distributed and sold, as well its prices. Canada’s minimum age for sale will be set at 18, but provincial governments can set higher limits.

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Canadians hoping to grow their own plants will also be able to own four plants per household.

Though legalization looms, ‘current laws apply’

Trudeau’s controversial plan for legalization made him extremely popular with younger voters in Canada’s 2015 federal election. Forty-five percent of Canadians aged 18 to 25 voted for Trudeau and his Liberal Party; in that demographic, it was the highest share cast for any other party in the race, a survey showed.

“Young people affected the last election in a way they haven’t in the past,” David Coletto, who runs the company that conducted the survey, told The Huffington Post Canada in 2016. “We see much higher evidence of a higher turnout among those under 34, and, really for the first time since 1997, young people coalesced around one option.”

Despite Trudeau’s promises, the law did not change overnight. A federal Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation was convened in December 2015, and underwent a year of “extensive public consultations and expert advice” in its development of marijuana policy. The finished report, published in December 2016, had more than 80 recommendations on age and access restrictions, marijuana marketing, and safety and distribution guidelines.

Though legalization appears likely, Trudeau recently warned that “current laws apply,” and marijuana should not be assumed cleared for recreational use just yet. Sunday’s report comes weeks after police in some Canadian citiesraided dispensaries, charging five with possession and trafficking.

Source Fox News

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