According to the reportage coming out of the national Canadian news source, Toronto Star, the Canadian federal government intends to legalise marijuana, or cannabis, on Canada Day in 2018. The Liberal Federal Government of Canada is intending this as a fulfilment of a promise.
Currently, the Liberal Prime Minister of Canada is Justin Trudeau, who is the son of the deceased Pierre Trudeau. The legalisation will occur on July 1, 2018. The Canadian Broadcasting Company, or the CBC, presented the report on the “flagship TV show, The National.”
In Canada, April 20th or ‘4/20,’ is a symbolic date around marijuana, mostly for cannabis users. Cannabis tends to be a favourable term used by the community of users. Marijuana tends to be an unfavourable term used to describe the substance from outside the community.
And this has been, as The Globe and Mail states, part of a rush pre-April 20th to draft a bill.
One “senior official” is claimed to have said that the preparation for the legislation exposes division “on key issues between the Health, Justice and Public Safety departments, requiring federal lawyers to work overtime to find the appropriate legal language to express the government’s final intentions.”
Ottawa, Canada “will secure the country’s marijuana supply and license producers. The national age limit to purchase the drug will be set at 18, but provinces will be able to set it higher.
Provinces will also control price, along with how marijuana is bought and sold.”
As the preliminary work for this date setting, there was deliberation through the creation of a federal task force. In December, 2016, there was the creation of the report for consideration. It had 80 recommendations.
The former Toronto police chief, and Liberal MP, Bill Blair, was the briefer for the Liberal caucus. However, until the point of legalisation on Canada Day, 2018, marijuana continues to be illegal, as the Toronto Star reports.
CBC News in its politics section reported that the limit for plants per household will be 4 plants. The Canada Day 2018 promise will be the fulfilment of a campaign promise from PM Trudeau.
But, there have been raids on marijuana dispensaries in cities across the country as the substance remains illegal, CBC reports, and this includes marijuana advocates Jodie and Marc Emery.
British Columbia MP, Peter Julian, has been skeptical about the claim, in a debate, saying, “I do not believe Justin Trudeau is going to bring in the legalisation of marijuana and as proof that … we are still seeing, particularly young, Canadians being criminalised by simple possession of marijuana.”
PM Trudeau has noted, succinctly, that the laws have not changed and legalisation has not taken place. “Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We’ve said we will,” Trudeau said. “We’ve said we’re going to do it to protect our kids and to keep the money out of the pockets of criminals.”