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 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.
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.
marijuana to be legal in canada next year, waiting for the immigration website to crash again— Hira (@HiraKiBachi) March 27, 2017
Others remembered the Canadian immigration website crashing on U.S. Election Day.