When it comes to improving the cannabis policy, Canada does not hesitate. Medical marijuana is already legal across the country, and it looks like the legalization of recreational weed is just around the corner.
Recently, the government announced that recreational marijuana would be most likely legalized before the next Canada Day. And on Thursday, April 13, Canada's Liberal government introduced a set of laws aimed to legalize and regulate the recreational use of marijuana on the federal level. Here are the most important things you should know about these laws.
In contrast to the U.S., Canada is going to make recreational cannabis accessible for people who are 18 or older. However, the proposed law says that the provinces will be able to increase the age limits for purchasing and consuming recreational marijuana.
Adults over 18 would be allowed to possess up to 30 grams (about one ounce) of legal cannabis. The proposed law also allows to grow marijuana for personal use and sets a four-plant limit per household. It is noteworthy that along with the number of plants, the law limits the maximum plant height: no more than one meter.
Canadian government leaves it to the provinces and territories to set the local rules for the distribution and sale of legal recreational marijuana. There will also be a possibility of purchasing legal weed online from a federally licensed producer.
While the proposed law makes the recreational use of cannabis legal, it also imposes a new measure against impaired driving. The measure would allow law enforcement officers to use oral fluid drug screeners during roadside sobriety checks.
In addition to that, illegal export of marijuana and cannabis products remains a serious criminal offense.
While Canada is going to become the first G7 country to legalize recreational marijuana on the state level, not everyone sees these changes as something good. Some activists suggest that the new regulations were “designed to be a new prohibition.”
Plus, there still no information about the excise tax system of licensing fees. Although the government promised to share more details on taxes and fees in the near future.