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The Canadian government legalizes Cannabis on July 1?

Canada would be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition of recreational marijuana

March 29, 2017
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The Canadian Government announced the legalization of Cannabis starting from July 1.

Prime minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government will introduce legislation to legalise recreational marijuana the week of April 10th and it should become law by July next year, said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorisation to discuss the upcoming legislation.

Canada would be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition of recreational marijuana.

In the US, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted last year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Uruguay in South America is the only nation to legalise recreational pot.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, the justice minister is committed to introducing legislation that would "legalize, strictly regulate, and restrict access to cannabis."

"This will be done in a careful way to keep it out of the hands of children and youth, and to stop criminals from profiting" the statement said. "In order to meet our commitment to legalize, the legislation will need to pass through the parliamentary process in a timely fashion."

The Canadian government is expected to follow the advice of a marijuana task force headed by Anne McLellan, the former Liberal health minister, as well as the advice of former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who is the parliamentary secretary to the justice minister. Mr Blair has been visiting police departments across the country.

The task force recommended adults be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of pot for recreational purpose and grow up to four plants.

The panel's report noted public health experts tend to favor a minimum age of 21 as the brain continues to develop to about 25, but said setting the minimum age too high would preserve the illicit market.

Canadian youth have higher rates of cannabis use than their peers worldwide.

Source: the associated press/telegrapk_Uk

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