Liberal hero Justin Trudeau signed some unprecedented legislation legalizing marijuana across the country, the first large first-world country to do this. Trudeau is leaving the details up to the provinces – with each one deciding how to distribute, where, taxes, etc.
The announcement will be made the week of April 10th, and the legislation is expected to go into effect by July, with business up and running by January 2018 – as early as next year.
What this means for crime rates, especially along the border to the Northern U.S. we don’t know yet, but we can guess. This may also mean that the United States will have to spend more money upping security to keep smuggling from Canada down to a minimum.
The Daily Mail reports:
Canadians should be able to smoke marijuana legally on July 1, 2018, putting Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on the path to accomplishing one of his most ambitious goals.
The legislation to legalize recreational marijuana will be announced the week of April 10th and it should become law by July next year, said a senior government official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to lack of authorization to discuss the upcoming legislation.
Trudeau, 45, has long promised to legalize recreational cannabis use and sales.
Presently, Canadians can use medical marijuana with a prescription, but recreational use is illegal.
If the new legislation is passed, Canada would be the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition of recreational marijuana.
Trudeau, who has admitted to smoking marijuana ‘five or six times’ in his life, said in June that he has no plans to light up even after his government makes it legal to do so.
‘I don’t think so. I’m not someone who has a history of using drugs,’ he said. ‘I lived in Whistler (British Columbia) for a few years, surrounded by friends who did. It was never my thing.’
Trudeau admitted to The Huffington Post Canada in a candid August 2013 interview that he smoked pot on a patio by the pool at his house in Montreal since becoming an MP.
‘We had a few good friends over for a dinner party, our kids were at their grandmother’s for the night, and one of our friends lit a joint and passed it around. I had a puff,’ he said.
Trudeau’s decision to decriminalize cannabis is influenced by his 23-year-old brother Michel, who had pending marijuana possession charges against him at the time of his death in an avalanche in November 1998.
In the US, voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted last year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
Uruguay in South America is the only nation to legalize recreational pot.
The Canadian government will regulate marijuana safety and Ottawa will license producers.
But provinces will be able to decide where marijuana is distributed and sold.