Justin Trudeau finally unveils Canada's pot legislation

Both bills are likely to face opposition among members of Parliament, but the Liberal government nonetheless expects the legislation to be enacted by July 2018, Canada's CBC predicted.

"But for a lot of cannabis companies, especially companies that fall outside of the licensed producer system, including dispensaries and craft producers, there's a little bit of nervousness in the air, in that people are unsure if they'll be included in legalization".

"Today's plan to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis will put an end to this", said Bill Blair, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice. "There's an opportunity to eliminate the black market, so we need to be very careful".

Impaired driving laws will be toughened users who mix alcohol with pot, with penalties rising from a $1,000 fine to life imprisonment, depending on the concentration of drugs and if someone else becomes a victim, either by injury or death, of the impaired person's actions.

Under the proposed legislation, adults could possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis and grow up to four plants per residence.

The Canadian Cannabis Act sets out a penalty of up to 14 years in jail for those caught smuggling marijuana into the U.S.

The bill gives authority to set in place regulations for other specific areas such as font and colour, Philpott suggested Thursday, noting the government will take public health lessons from issues including tobacco. While the capital will regulate the production and ensure the safety of the country's marijuana, the Canadian province will decide how the drugs will be distributed and sold. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has made good on his campaign promise to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Bringing marijuana products across the border could cause confusion for citizens of both countries: Americans who may cross back into the US still under the influence, and Canadians who enter the USA unwittingly in possession of marijuana.

Canadian officials were in close touch with their American counterparts as they drafted the proposed law, Ralph Goodale, Canada's public safety minister, said on Thursday.

According to reports, the federal government of Canada has stipulated that the buyer of marijuana must be at least 18 years old.

It noted that in the handful of U.S. states where recreational marijuana use is legal, the minimum age was set at 21, in line with alcohol consumption. It has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth.

The drug has created new enforcement challenges because there has never been a legal or verified scientific test to determine a level of THC - the psychoactive chemical in pot - that causes impairment, for example, while driving.

Until the new law comes into force, cannabis will remain illegal everywhere in Canada, except for medical purposes.

"Our system will actually be better", he said. In provinces that fail to regulate marijuana, residents will be able to purchase from federally regulated distributers over the Internet.

Many have been regularly raided by police and two prominent marijuana activists and retailers - Marc and Jodie Emery - were recently arrested and charged with a number of offences including drug trafficking.

In the United States, seven states allow recreational use of marijuana.



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