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Canada introduces legislation to legalize marijuana
April 26 2017, 07:52 | Irvin Gilbert
Justin Trudeau To Launch Plans To Legalise Marijuana Across Canada
Its legalization and regulation would follow in 2018, in time for Canada's national day on July 1.
A federal government task force, which has been investigating the issue since being set up in 2016, investigated other part of the world where the sale of cannabis is legal, including the U.S. states of Colorado and Washington, as well as Uruguay.
The new polling also suggests that if pot becomes legal, one in four Canadians (26 per cent) say they'll use marijuana recreationally, compared with just 15 per cent who say they now use it.
It noted that in the handful of USA states where recreational marijuana use is legal, the minimum age was set at 21, in line with alcohol consumption. The four new recreational states, which grant cannabis freedom to adults 21 and older, joined Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and OR in ending decades of the failed policy of marijuana prohibition. Attorney general Jeff Sessions recently said he'd like to bring back "the war on drugs", a largely failed campaign from the 1990s that some felt targeted people of color and poor people and led to harsh sentences for minor crimes.
Director of Quality Assurance Thomas Shipley prunes dry marijuana buds before they are processed for shipping at Tweed Marijuana Inc in Smith's Falls, Ontario.
Bills introduced Thursday in Parliament signaled the government's biggest step yet towards fulfilling Mr. Trudeau's pledge of abolishing Canada's federal prohibition on pot less than two years after he assumed office.
"The current approach to cannabis does not work".
"This piece of legislation puts the Canadian family at risk".
"We know the science is clear", Carrie said. "This risk will spill over into even younger kids", Pamela McColl, a member of Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) in Canada, an anti-marijuana organization, said to Newsweek in a statement.
There is a widespread feeling in Canada's judicial system that people can get out of a charge of impaired driving with the help of high-priced lawyers who often take advantage of a number of court decisions that have weakened the law over the years. They highlight evidence showing cannabis can damage brain development up to the age of 25.
A report on cannabis policy prepared for Public Safety Canada notes that the methods of detecting drugs in the human body are "still far from flawless".
"It is important that Canadians are aware of possible actions they may face upon attempted entrance into the United States if they possess or have residue of marijuana".
More wide-ranging, Devine said he has some personal concerns about marijuana use among youth and the affects on their mental health and well-being.
Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it.
Marijuana packaging, for instance, would be heavily regulated under the bill. Another priority for the government will be to ensure that there is a broad variety of producers of marijuana serving the recreational market, and not just the existing network that includes many large-scale facilities. The Task Force also suggested only allowing plain packaging to be used for marijuana products. In that vein, the legislation calls for new offences for selling or giving marijuana to youth of up to 14 years in prison. That will most likely mean Canadians will purchase their cannabis in a combination of ways depending on where they are in the country. It is not yet known whether those future regulations will allow the sale of sweets.