Canada’s Pot Legislation to be Unveiled Thursday


April 10th, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario – The federal government will table a bill to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday that is expected to tightly control the ability of producers to market their products to the public, federal sources said.

But key issues such as how to deal with drug-impaired driving have yet to be fully resolved.

The government has indicated its legislation will be highly restrictive and designed to discourage people from consuming marijuana, especially under the age of 18. The bill is expected to include tough penalties for those who provide marijuana to children and teens, sources said.

“The goal will not simply be to legalize marijuana, but also to prevent youth from having access to it,” a senior official said.

“The goal will not simply be to legalize marijuana, but also to prevent youth from having access to it,” a senior official said.

The proposed legislation is also expected to call for plain packaging for recreational marijuana so that it would be marketed more like tobacco products than alcohol.

“It would be hard to imagine a scenario where you could sell pot like you could sell booze,” a senior government official said.

Although the bill is scheduled to be tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday, the government refuses to commit publicly to the date on which adults will be able to consume the product legally for recreational purposes for the first time since it was first prohibited in 1923.

“The legislation will be introduced in the near future and we will ensure that it benefits from a robust parliamentary process before cannabis becomes legalized,” Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould told reporters.

The bill unveiled this week is not expected to include all provisions that will be needed before marijuana is officially legal.  By DANIEL LEBLANC   >> Read more


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