While this year’s Canada Day celebrations are sure to go off with a bang as we ring in our country’s 150th birthday, it looks like next year’s may be even more memorable… or at least a bit hazier.
According to CTV, the Liberal government is set to legalize the use and sale of recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018. The legislation will be announced on the week of April 10th.
Over the weekend, former Toronto police chief Bill Blair, who has has been spearheading the marijuana movement within the government, briefed the caucus on the country-wide plan.
The federal government will ensure that marijuana sold by its licensed producers is safe for public use. There will also be a minimum age set for those who wish to purchase weed: 18 years old. But provincial governments can make that higher, if they feel so inclined.
How pot can be purchased and distributed will also differ based on province or territory. Each will dictate its own rules and regulations, as well as price. In fact, it sounds a lot like the sale of alcohol. In British Columbia, for example, it’s easier to get your paws on a six-pack of beer, thanks to a partially privatized industry, while in Ontario, you’ve generally got to get to an LCBO or Beer Store in order to satisfy your thirst for suds. We can only suspect marijuana sales will be similar.
Under these new laws, Canadians will be able to grow their own plants, too. No more hiding your crops. According to CBC, each household will be allowed to have four plants growing on the premises at one time.
Smoke ’em if you got ’em.
Ultimately, these new rules are going to alter the weed world as we know it. One of the Liberals’ reasons for legalization in their platform was to keep the stuff “out of the hands of children, and the profits out of the hands of criminals.” Having a safe and easy way to buy our bud certainly takes out the sketchy factor of finding a drug dealer or coming up with some faux medical ailment to get the stuff from a dispensary.
You might be curious to know all of the details, but you’ll have to wait patiently for the official announcement next month to find out.