Canada’s Marijuana Legalization Could Leave Provinces Responsible for Pot Rules
Federal government ministers are keeping mum on the details of the Liberals’ marijuana legalization plan, as provinces consider the legislative and regulatory burden that will fall to them when pot is legalized.
As CBC News first reported Sunday night, the Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018.
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 justice minister Anne McLellan.
Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who has been handling the marijuana file for the government, briefed the Liberal caucus on the rollout plan and the legislation during caucus meetings this weekend, according to a senior government official who spoke to CBC News on condition of anonymity.
Health Minister Jane Philpott said the goals of legalization are keeping children safe and keeping the profits of marijuana sales out of the hands of criminals.