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Liberals table bill to legalize pot

Liberals table bill to legalize pot

Both bills are likely to face opposition among members of Parliament, but the Liberal government nonetheless expects the legislation to be enacted by July 2018, Canada's CBC predicted.

The Canadian government would create a system to regulate marijuana production, distribution and sale.

"Despite decades of criminal prohibition, Canadians - including 21% of our youth and 30% of young adults - continue to use cannabis at among the highest rates in the world", said Bill Blair, the MP and former Toronto police chief tapped to lead the government's plans for legalisation.

The government's new policy had been expected for some time as Trudeau had endorsed legalizing marijuana on the campaign trail.

Canadian officials were in close touch with their American counterparts as they drafted the proposed law, Ralph Goodale, Canada's public safety minister, said on Thursday. “Criminals pocket 7 to 8 billion dollars in proceeds.”. The measure has also received support from the countrys Conservative party.

If the law succeeds, Canada will be the second country in the world to legalize marijuana.

Under the proposed new system, individuals will be able to possess up to 30 grams of dried or fresh cannabis for personal use - about one ounce - and can grow up to four plants at home, provided they are not more than one meter high.

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Under the Cannabis Act, Canadians would be able to buy marijuana at legal retail outlets or receive them through a licensed producer in the mail.

Finally, accompanying legislation would toughen penalties for driving under the influence of marijuana, alcohol and other drugs.

Lawmakers in Canada have introduced legislation that would make it the largest developed country to legalize marijuana nationwide. Marijuana, of course, is still federally illegal under USA law. According to one estimate, Canada's legal-marijuana market could be worth almost $5 billion by 2019. This makes it hard, if not impossible, for state-legal marijuana businesses to use the banking system, receive tax breaks, and otherwise operate without fear of federal interference.

At present, only Uruguay has a national legal regime permitting widespread use of cannabis. Domestic cannabis businesses are already involved in intense lobbying efforts to ease federal restrictions in the U.S. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has said that any revenues from the taxation of marijuana should be directed to addiction treatment, mental health services and public health education - initiatives Goodale said would be a key priority.

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"The Liberals said their intent is to restrict and limit access to marijuana and introduce tougher penalties, to not normalize the use of it and not promote it with any packaging or advertising", said Jodie Emery, a long-time advocate for legalization.

The bill is opposed by the official opposition Conservatives and has many critics in the addiction recovery community, who are not convinced the legislation will be effective in protecting children or in reducing the growing dependency of Canadian youth on cannabis.