Legalization target of July 1, 2018 will be changed to 'on or before July 1, 2018'
With people across Canada awaiting marijuana legislation set to be announced next week, the federal government is now having second thoughts about legalizing cannabis on Canada Day. The Justin Trudeau government still plans to go ahead with its new plan to make weed legal for recreational use. But a senior government source says that the initial target of July 1, 2018, as the implementation date, will most likely be changed to on or before July 1, 2018. The change in its plans reflects some internal concerns about legalizing a recreational drug on the country's birthday. Bill Blair, who is the Liberal government's point man on pot, told the Canadian Press that the focus of Canada Day should be on Canada not on cannabis.
Blair says that he probably went out on a limb, but he doesn't believe that July 1st should be an implementation date for anything, that it should be a day of celebration for the anniversary and founding of the country. He doesn't think that July 1st is an appropriate date. With that said it still doesn't change the federal government's desire to fully deliver on its marijuana legalization plan by next summer 2018, despite suggestions that the timeline may be a little too ambitious. The Canadian federal government believes that its timeline to have a nation-wide system for the distribution and sale of marijuana is totally achievable even though much of the planning will have to be done by the individual provinces. It appears that Ottawa will be counting on the potential profits from the sale of marijuana to help speed things along at the provincial level. When Colorado legalized marijuana in 2014, and with their population being smaller than Quebec and Ontario combined, the state is doing more than $1 billion USD in legal sales per year. So the hope is that at least a few of the Canadian provinces will move quickly to finalize their system for the retail sale of marijuana.
It looks like the bill details of the government's plans will come out next week. And the marijuana legislation is set to be unveiled to the public next week. But CBC News reported many of the details of the plan last month. The Canadian federal government will be in charge of making sure that the country's marijuana supply is secure and safe, and that Ottawa will license producers. But the Canadian provinces will have the right to decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold to the public. Canadian provincial governments will also have the right to set the price. While Ottawa will set a minimum age of 18 to buy marijuana products, the Canadian provinces will have the option of setting a new higher age limit if they wish. As for Canadians who want to grow the marijuana plant, they will be limited to only four plants per household. The Canadian legalization of marijuana was one of the more controversial promises that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made as he campaigned across the country to become prime minister.
Cannabis, which is also known as marijuana along with other names, is a preparation of the Cannabis plant that is intended for use as a psychoactive medicine or drug. The main psychoactive part of the cannabis plant is the tetrahydrocannabinol or commonly known as THC which is only one of 483 known compounds in the plant, including at least 65 other cannabinoids. Cannabis can be used by vaporization, smoking, in food, or as an extract. This is just one of the trending news stories you will find on the CBC site. On the site, you will also find television, radio, trending news, new trends, music news, life, arts and so much more. **
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