The Complete Guide To Marijuana Legalization in Canada
What’s the Timeline For Legalizing Weed in Canada?
As medical marijuana has given rise to the liberation of laws towards the recreational use of cannabis in some states in the US, Canada is much likely to go by the same token.
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However, for the time being, the recreational use of marijuana still remains illegal in most countries, although there’s hope that Canada will join Uruguay and the US in their endeavor to make people finally acknowledge cannabis as a beneficial plant that is practically harmless to humans. According to the new laws that have been passed recently, the Canadian government will legalize recreational marijuana in 2018. Read on to gain a deeper insight into the upcoming event.
Current Status of Marijuana in Canada
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Canadians were granted the right to use and possess marijuana for medical reasons by the rule of the ACPMR enacted on August 2016. If you’re permitted by your doctor to use medical cannabis, you’re free to shop the variety of online cannabis dispensaries to seek relief from your health conditions. Unfortunately, the possession, sale, and use of cannabis for non-medical purposes is still illegal and you can face respective repercussions when you don’t obey the law. The legalization of marijuana in Canada will finally put an end to the current system, although it remains unknown if people who commited a ‘drug-related’ crime by possessing weed will be pardoned after the passing of the Cannabis Act. Nonetheless, until then, current laws remain in force and therefore should be obeyed.
The Timeline for Marijuana Legalization in Canada: The Cannabis Act (2018)
As for the latest record in legalization news, a bill to legalize marijuana was introduced to Parliament on April 13, 2017. The purpose of the Cannabis Act is to create a certain legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale, and possession of weed across Canada. The aim of the legislation act is to limit youth access to cannabis, stop the development of the black market, fix the criminal justice system, allow for the legal production of marijuana in order to decrease the rate of illegal activities, protect public health by delivering safe and quality products to the people of Canada, and enable adults to possess and purchase regulated, safe, and quality legal weed.
Still, as the bill moves through legislative procedures, the current status of recreational cannabis remains unchanged. If the legislation is approved by the Parliament, the bill will be brought into life with a target date by July 1, 2018, which will soon become known as the Canada Legalization date.
What Are the Main Presumptions on Recreational Marijuana in The Cannabis Act?
First and foremost, no person will be allowed to sell or give cannabis to any person under the age of 18. Furthermore, the Cannabis Act gives rise to 2 new criminal offences for selling or providing marijuana to youth and for using young people to commit a marijuana-related crime; people who are charged with these offences may face up to 14 years in jail.
On top of that, as the Cannabis Act is aimed at protecting young people from trying cannabis too early – just like with alcohol – cannabis companies won’t be allowed to pack, label, or market their products in a way that could be appealing to youth. There’s much research to be done in order to determine whether or not cannabis affects the way young people developed. That being said, the promotion of cannabis can take place only in limited circumstances where young people cannot be affected by such commercials. People who fail to abide by these restraints will be charged with a fine of up to $5 million or a jail sentence of 3 years./
What Will Be the Perks of Marijuana Legalization in Canada
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The moment the Cannabis Act is brought into the public life in July 2018, anyone who is 18 years or older will be permitted to legally:
- Grow up to 4 cannabis plants for personal use, with one particular restraint – each plant should be no taller than 100 cm. In addition, home growers who want to cultivate marijuana in the comfort of their homes will have to purchase their seeds or seedlings from licensed manufacturers.
- Make cannabis-infused products, such as edibles, concentrates, or topicals, at home provided that they don’t use any hazardous solvents.
- Possess up to 30g of licensed dried marijuana or its equivalent in the raw form.
- Share up to 30 grams of legal cannabis among other adults with no financial benefits.
- Purchase legal marijuana and cannabis-infused products from a provincially-licensed dispensary. In those regions of Canada that haven’t yet contributed to the regulated sales framework, Canadian adults will be able to buy marijuana online from a government-licensed manufacturer.
As for other products, such as eibles, they will be made available in dispensaries as soon as the government enforces respective rules for how they should be manufactured and controlled in terms of sales development.
To What Extent Will the Cannabis Market Be Regulated?
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Overseeing the new system is the responsibility shared between the federal, provincial, and territorial governments.
The federal government will be responsible for an array of regulations, most of which relate to defining the types of marijuana products that will be allowed for sale, along with the list of restraints on the cannabis marketing, i.e. companies won’t be able to set marijuana commercials in neither traditional nor the official social media; unless, of course, the marketing is handled discretely and doesn’t refer explicitly to marijuana.
On top of that, the federal government is to set up the list of prohibited ingredients in cannabis products. With that in mind, we may also anticipate support for good production practices and emphasising the advantage of legal cannabis market over the so-called gray sector.
As for provinces and territories, they both subject to federal conditions, meaning that they must fulfill the same duties as the federal government when it comes to overseeing legal recreational weed. In addition, each province or territory will become able to increase the minimum age for marijuana consumption without permission to lower it. For example, Ontario has already increased the minimum age to 19. Age restrictions aside, province and territory governments could also create cannabis-friendly areas for smoking weed, introduce additional rules for growing marijuana at home, and even lower the limit of legal cannabis for personal use should that be their will.
What’s the Bottom Line For Legal Recreational Weed in Canada?
In conclusion, the legalization of recreational cannabis is inevitable, and it will undoubtedly bear fruits in enhancing the quality of Canada’s economy, the general well-being of its citizens, and, above all, increasing their freedom. To answer the yet-unasked question: yes, there will be strict regulations on both the production and sales of marijuana, but as it’s essential to show cannabis in the light that will allow people to see the herb from a completely different perspective, the legalization process cannot be undertaken on the spur of the moment. Whatever concern you may share, it’s essential to underline the importance of this huge step forward in promoting the cannabis culture all over the world.
Let us hope that other countries will follow soon.