Canada Moves To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Posted April 19, 2017

But exporting and importing marijuana will remain illegal without a valid permit for special purposes, such as medical marijuana, which is legal in Canada, and industrial hemp. Canada's 10 provinces and three territories have the authority to increase, but not decrease, the minimum age for use and impose additional requirements for personal cultivation.

Adults will be allowed to carry 30 grams in public and grow up to four marijuana plants per household. "We hope both the federal and provincial governments will use our expertise to build a safe and inclusive system for the sale of cannabis that effectively ends the black market".

The bill is opposed by the official opposition Conservatives and has many critics in the addiction recovery community, who are not convinced the legislation will be effective in protecting children or in reducing the growing dependency of Canadian youth on cannabis.

"Every sovereign country has the ability at the border to make decisions for themselves", Goodale said. "It is freakish that it's so extreme". A positive test could result to more testing including a blood test.

"Very curious how they're going to maximize or place a cap on the level of THC", Neufeld said.

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"There's no scientific basis for anything like that", Larsen said.

"If your objective is to protect public health and safety and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors, and stop the flow of profits to organized crime, then the law as it stands today has been an abject failure", he said.

Canada legalized the use of medical marijuana in 1999, initially with strict controls, but the law was broadened over time.

A frontrunner for the leadership of the Tories, Kellie Leitch, meanwhile, said she would repeal the bill and reinstate the ban, if elected. "But there's been none of that from any province, especially in B.C".

The legalization of marijuana is being overseen by the departments of Health, Justice and Public Safety. In 2015, local polling company Insights West found that 65 percent of Canadians are in favour of recreational legalization. As Ottawa works toward squeezing out illegal producers of marijuana, federal officials are anxious that a shortage of cannabis would hurt their plans in the initial stages of legalization. "I'm not seeing that".

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The Quebec government is set to join forces with Ontario to examine the federal legislation and find solutions to the host of problems it may present for the provinces.

"They will have to demand more responsibility over cannabis, like they have over alcohol".

A federal official said the current holders of licences will have a head start once the market is opened up to recreational users, while stating the federal government will add staff and resources at Health Canada to speed up the approval process for new producers.

Larsen is a former vice president of the Canadian Association of Cannabis Dispensaries.

Despite recreational marijuana's all but certain future status as legal, Blair said "pot pardons" are not under consideration.

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