Smoking a joint in Canada could be legal as early as July 2018 if legislation passes.
Liberal pot laws announced Thursday form a framework for the legalization of cannabis, but some of the most significant details are still up in the air.
Canada's public safety minister Ralph Goodale responded in kind.
The legislation seemed to leave the door open to alcohol rather than tobacco-level advertising restrictions, said Brendan Kennedy, president of Tilray, one of the licensed producers behind that letter. And there's an overwhelming consensus that we need to do a better job of protecting our kids and getting organized crime out of this out of this business.
Citing an increase in impaired driving numbers among young people - and the fact impaired driving remains the leading cause of death in Canada (blame the booze) - the feds are proposing to institute roadside oral fluid drug screening tests for marijuana.
Driving under the influence is a major contributor to deadly road crashes in Canada, Wilson-Raybould said, calling young impaired people the single largest group of drivers killed in motor vehicle accidents in Canada.
"This is not a device or a tool that does not exist in other places in the world".
The provinces also have to figure how they will regulate distribution.
"I've had quite a bit of discussion in all of the provinces and territories..." Here's what you need to know if you're thinking of investing in marijuana. - Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan, Senate Opposition leader. - NDP public safety critic Don Davies.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation that would allow adults to possess, share and purchase marijuana, while also strengthening penalties for those who give or sell the products to youth. "Does he intend on downloading this entire thing for implementation and enforcement?"
Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi said he expects to see fairly detailed legislation that's going to take time to unpack, particularly when it comes to the impact on provincial governments, where issues like distribution and enforcement are front and centre.
"Every sovereign country has the ability at the border to make decisions for themselves", Goodale said. '... those laws must continue to be respected and upheld right across the country. "It will be very important for people to understand that crossing the border with this product will be illegal", he said.
While eight U.S. states and the District of Columbia have voted to legalise recreational marijuana, the White House has suggested that the Department of Justice will do more to enforce federal laws prohibiting recreational marijuana, raising concerns over how Canada's approach will coexist with a potential USA crackdown. Since September, Canada has been pushing the USA to change a policy that bans Canadians who admit to having used marijuana from travelling to the United States.
The Canadian Cannabis Act sets out a penalty of up to 14 years in jail for those caught smuggling marijuana into the U.S.
Provinces will be allowed to sell only cannabis produced by a licensed producer.
Legislation prohibits promotions, packaging or labels that "could be appealing" to youth, include a testimonial or endorsement, contain false information, include "a depiction of a person, character or animal, whether real or fictional" or that seem to promote a certain lifestyle.
Chief Murray Rodd issued a statement to The Examiner after details of the new bills were made public Thursday.