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Marijuana could be legal by Canada Day 2018: report

CityNews | posted Monday, Mar 27th, 2017

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The federal Liberals have reportedly set a date to officially legalize marijuana.

The CBC reports the government will unveil legislation the week of April 10 and that the recreational use of marijuana is set to be legal by Canada Day of next year.

According to the Globe and Mail, the federal government is scrambling to draft legislation ahead of April 20, the day when pro-weed groups publicly “light up.”

The minimum age to buy pot will be 18, but provinces could set a higher limit. It’s also up to the provinces to control distribution and sales. Also, four marijuana plants will be allowed in each household.

Last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had signalled the legislation would be drawn up this spring to make good on his campaign promise to legalize pot.

All storefront marijuana dispensaries are currently illegal while the federal government drafts legislation to legalize and regulate recreational pot.

Dispensaries have been frequent robbery targets over the last few months. Several shops have been held up, often at gunpoint, and in some instances shots were fired.

Earlier this month, police arrested Marc and Jody Emery – the owners of the Cannabis Culture brand – and raided a number of Cannabis Culture dispensaries across Canada.

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