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Toronto health board votes for immediate pot decriminalization

NEWS STAFF | posted Tuesday, Jun 13th, 2017

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A woman exhales while smoking a joint during the annual 420 marijuana rally on Parliament hill on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 in Ottawa. An editorial in the latest Canadian Medical Association Journal says the Trudeau government’s plan to legalize marijuana will put young people at risk by setting 18 as the benchmark minimum age for buying pot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Marijuana was a hot topic at Monday’s board of health meeting at City Hall.

With legalization slated for next year, the board unanimously voted to decriminalize possession of recreational pot immediately. However, the decision will ultimately be decided in Ottawa.

The call comes after a report from Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health found a significant number of young Canadians will continue to obtain criminal charges before cannabis is legalized.

The board also discussed how ‘legal’ pot should be packaged and marketed, and agreed to set the legal age to purchase pot at 19.

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