Canada introduces legislation to legalize marijuana

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party has introduced legislation that would legalize the consumption and purchase of marijuana across the country.

Trudeau campaigned on the issue in the 2015 election. The bill, which the government hopes to have in place by Canada Day 2018, allows for Canadians to purchase up to 30 grams of the substance.

The legal age to purchase has been set at a minimum of 18 years, although provinces are allowed to set the age higher if they wish.

The legislation would also limit home growing of the plant to a maximum of four plants per household.

The government has also introduced a variety of measures aimed at reducing the size of gangs and drug trafficking. They are treating marijuana legalization “not as a source of profit, but a public health issue.”

Introduced along with the legalization bill was a bill intended at tightening impaired driving laws.

(Image: Adrian Wyld / Canadian Press)

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