By July 1st, 2018, marijuana (cannabis, weed, pot, ganja, the devil’s lettuce, etc.) could be legal in Canada.
Details for the new marijuana legislation were announced today in the House of Commons by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland.
The minimum-legal age to buy pot in stores will be 18, although provinces will still have the option to up the minimum age to that of their province’s drinking age.
Here’s what they said:
- Adults over 18 would be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis or its equivalent in public, share up to 30 grams of dried cannabis with other adults and buy cannabis or cannabis oil from a provincially regulated retailer.
- They would also be permitted to grow up to four plants per resident for personal use, as well as make legal cannabis-containing products at home.
- “Significant penalties” would be used against those who engage young Canadians in “cannabis-related offences” (AKA selling marijuana to minors)
- A “zero-tolerance approach” to drug-impaired driving, along with a “robust” public awareness campaign.
Check out all of the details here.