The network further reported that Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who has been leading the cannabis legalization project for Trudeau's government, briefed the Liberal caucus on the roll-out plan and the legislation during caucus meetings this weekend.
The news [Telegraph report] follows public declarations from both Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould [official profiles] to introduce legislation legalizing and strictly regulating the substance.
Ultimately, the Canadian federal government will overlook the supply and license producers of weed, but provinces will regulate the distribution, sale, and prices of the plant.
Canadians should be able to smoke marijuana legally by July 1, 2018, a government source has confirmed. While eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalise recreational marijuana, the White House has hinted that the Department of Justice will do more to enforce federal laws prohibiting recreational marijuana, raising concerns over how Canada's approach will co-exist with a potential crackdown south of the border.
According to Cochrane, "the provinces will have the right to decide how the marijuana is distributed and sold" in their jurisdictions. Canadians will also be allowed to purchase or carry up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use. Canadian youth have higher rates of cannabis use than their peers worldwide.
Ottawa has also set the minimum age to buy weed at 18 years old, however other areas of the country will also get the option to set the age limit much higher. Individual households will be permitted to grow no more than four plants. Sunday's report comes weeks after police in some Canadian cities raided dispensaries, charging five with possession and trafficking. There would be other parameters which the seller needs to be fulfilled like it can not be sold at the same shop or nearby area where alcohol or tobacco products are sold. Trudeau has emphasized current laws should be respected.