The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018.
The CBC and various major media outlets are reporting the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.
The CBC reports the federal government will be in charge of making sure the country’s marijuana supply is safe and secure and Ottawa will license producers.
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.
The Liberals had promised to introduce legislation by the Spring of 2017. Announcing the legislation the week of April 10 will allow the party to hit that deadline.