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Canada may legalise recreational marijuana nationally by July 2018

Canada may legalise recreational marijuana nationally by July 2018Trudeau’s justice minister introduced proposed laws Thursday in the Ottawa legislature.

This is reported by Bloomberg.

The draft laws set a minimum consumption age of 18, with individual provinces allowed to raise it as they see fit.

Rules on retail sales will also be left to the provinces, with the government targeting legalization by July 2018 for a market analysts estimate to reach C$6 billion ($4.5 billion) by 2021.

Under the bills, possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis would be allowed, and up to four plants can be grown per residence. Exports of marijuana will remain a serious criminal offense and a new penalty for those convicted of impaired driving will be imposed. Details on prices, licensing fees and taxes will be announced in coming months.

The government’s aim is “putting drug dealers and organized crime out of the cannabis business,” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said in a statement accompanying the legislation. “It will allow law enforcement to focus on other serious offenses, including the distribution of cannabis to children and youth and driving under the influence of drugs.”
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