Published: Fri, April 21, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Canada is poised to approve a law legalizing marijuana nationwide

Canada is poised to approve a law legalizing marijuana nationwide

The Canadian government on Thursday introduced legislation to legalize the recreational use of marijuana throughout the country, reports the New York Times.

Canada officially moved to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday when the government introduced legislation allowing the possession of small amounts of cannabis. "If there appears to be a pattern of examination at the border that just does not accord with appropriate, professional, reliable, consistent conduct, then obviously that's the sort of thing that we should raise at a governmental level to make sure people are treated appropriately".

Penalties: The legislation promises "significant penalties" for those who engage young Canadians in "cannabis-related offences" and a "zero-tolerance approach" to drug-impaired driving.

Under the proposed new system, individuals will be able to possess up to 30 grams of dried or fresh cannabis for personal use - about one ounce - and can grow up to four plants at home, provided they are not more than one meter high. Households would also be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants.

There will be new criminal code provisions, including making it an offense, punishable by up to 14 years in jail, for the illegal distribution or sale of cannabis as well as similar penalties for providing or selling marijuana to minors.

On that note, there are now 42 companies that have been authorized by Health Canada to produce medicinal marijuana across the country.

Ottawa will regulate production, including licensing producers and ensuring the safety of the country's marijuana supply, and the Canadian provinces will decide how the drug will be distributed and sold.

More than half the states now have laws that legalize marijuana for recreational or medicinal use.

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.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale agreed with Blair.

At a press conference Thursday, Blair explained why legalizing marijuana is the way forward.

Zandberg says he views the recommendations, which include setting the national minimum age at 18, but give the right to province to harmonize it with alcohol age minimums, allow provinces to determine distribution but allow mail order nationally, and restrict advertising and promotion in a way that is similar to tobacco, are generally favorable.

The government said the legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, should be in force no later than July 2018.

The new law will expand pot use to non-medicinal purposes, where now Canadian law mandates that such uses are illegal, according to NPR. "We've tried to learn from their experience", he said, noting that Canada has looked upon this as public health issue rather than a commercial opportunity and an effort to maximize tax revenue.

Stocks in most marijuana producers were down for the day. The provinces, though, could increase that age limit if they wanted to. Previously, the USA allowed patients with a variety of medical conditions to smoke marijuana in a variety of states since 1996, and four states have voted to allow the sale and distribution of marijuana.

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