Weed legalization legislation in Early 2017 hopefully in time for the next 420
The Liberal government announced Tuesday that it plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year.
Health Minister Jane Philpott made the announcement during a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime.
“We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,” Philpott said. “While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety.”
Her address happens to coincide with 4/20 – the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, which takes on special significance in Canada this year, with the governing Liberals having promised to legalize and regulate marijuana.
Her announcement also came on the same day as a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute that shows that 68 per cent of Canadians feel pot should be made legal, and nearly 65 per cent feel the legalization will do more good than harm in the long run. Global News