Canadian government introduces legislation to legalize marijuana

Canada set to unveil legislation legalizing cannabis

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who said he would work toward legalizing marijuana in the country during his campaign, possibly saw his popularity get higher Thursday when he introduced legislation legalizing the recreational use of cannabis in the country.

He said Canada consulted broadly with other jurisdictions that have legalized marijuana, including Colorado and Washington states, to learn what worked and what did not.

There are a lot of unanswered questions about today's legislation, such as where marijuana will be sold, how much it will costs, what percentage of the price will be tax and whether people will still opt for under-the-counter marijuana if it is significantly cheaper than the government-sanctioned variety.

However, the legalisation will be divided between the federal and provincial governments.

It will also be a criminal offense to use a youth in the commission of a marijuana-related crime. "But definitely, the perspective on it is changing".

The federal government has unveiled its plan to legalize recreational marijuana use.

It's too early to tell how Ontario will proceed with those regulations, however.

The government hopes to clear the parliamentary and procedural hurdles to make pot legal by July 1, 2018. Minister of Health Jane Philpott went on to say that there will be differences provincially.

Teens and minors under the age of 18, would be prohibited from having or buying marijuana.

"The idea that they are going to create some kind of blood-testing system, it will simply mean that no one who uses cannabis will ever be able to drive again".

The government promised to be similarly severe with drugged drivers. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said previous year she wouldn't rule out the sale of marijuana at the popular Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores.

Finally, accompanying legislation would toughen penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol and other drugs.

No matter where it's sold, customers still would not be allowed to bring marijuana products back to the United States under any circumstances. In the Netherlands marijuana use is generally tolerated, but it is not strictly speaking legal.

Although recreational marijuana use has been legalised in some U.S. states, including Colorado and Washington, the legislation puts Canada on track to be the first Group of Seven country to legalise it nationally.

"Our system will actually be better", he said.

Another objective that became clear Thursday: impose significantly more rigid laws to combat impaired driving in all its forms, be it alcohol or drugs.

"Consequently, crossing with marijuana is prohibited and could potentially result in fines, apprehension, or both", according to the agency's statement. While eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalise recreational marijuana, the White House has suggested that the Department of Justice will do more to enforce federal laws prohibiting recreational marijuana, raising concerns over how Canada's approach will coexist with a potential USA crackdown.

Panjwani said he's already noticing an increase in American customers at his smokeshop.