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Canada: Trudeau Administration Seeks To Legalize Marijuana By July 2018

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Canada Legalize Marijuana 2018

Ottawa, Ontario: Legislation is anticipated from the Trudeau administration in early April to regulate the use, production, and sale of marijuana. In 2015, the Liberal Party pledged to "legalize and regulate" marijuana if Justin Trudeau became Prime Minister.

The forthcoming legislation will likely be modeled after recommendations issued in 2016 by a federal task force. Members of the task force called on Parliament to permit those over 18 to possess and grow personal use quantities of marijuana, and further recommended lawmakers regulate and tax the commercial cannabis market.

The pending legalization legislation is expected to be introduced the week of April 10, CBC News has reported. Proponents are seeking to have the new law in place by July 1, 2018.

Until that time, however, Canadian police are continuing to enforce marijuana prohibition. In recent weeks, police in several Canadian cities - including Toronto and Vancouver - carried out raids of various storefront dispensaries, including those operated by longtime activists Marc and Jodie Emery.

For more information, please contact Erik Altieri, NORML Executive Director, at (202) 483-5500.