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A cash register is adorned with a Canadian flag and imitation marijuana leaves at the BC Marijuana Party Headquarters in Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010. Vancouver is in the marijuana-friendly corner of Canada, and it's hard to miss. Hastings Street alone has several stores that sell marijuana seeds, and the BC Marijuana Party Headquarters is a veritable weed smoker's den. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Canada may legalize marijuana. Get ready for the immigration site to crash again.


Canada's Liberal party will introduce legislation next month to legalize marijuana by summer 2018, CBC News reports.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised on the campaign trail to introduce a bill to legalize marijuana by this spring. The party plans to debut the bill the week of April 10, which would meet that deadline. The Toronto Star says some reports indicate the bill would actually be introduced April 20 (4/20).

If passed, it could legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018.

The details

The plan will be based on the recommendations of a federal task force.  The Canadian government would be in charge of keeping Canadian marijuana safe, including offering licenses for vendors. But each individual province would be able to determine how marijuana is distributed and could set harsher age limits than the proposed federal limit of 18.

Canadians who want to grow their own pot would be limited to four plants per household. 

We haven't changed the laws. We haven't legalized it yet. Yes, we got a clear mandate to do that. We've said we will.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Trudeau, who said he "believe[d] in legalization" on the campaign trail, insisted that didn't give current marijuana users a free pass in the meantime. 

Activists have long imagined Canada's iconic maple leaf flag becoming a marijuana leaf.

The July 1 date could be significant. That's Canada's Independence Day.

Some observers couldn't wait to see the glare of millions of Canadians lighting up.

Others remembered the Canadian immigration website crashing on U.S. Election Day.

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