After all the hype, Canada will now be opening doors to the impending Marijuana industry. With this announcement made recently, the colder neighbor of the US has become the first ever country among the G-7 nations to completely legalize and regulate marijuana. Different ministries of the countries unveiled the plan of Canada’s liberal government which is to stop the prohibition of cannabis in Canada and open doors to a new era—an era of legalized cannabis.
The new plan allows everyone 18 or above in Canada to produce, possess, and sell marijuana. While the producers of cannabis will be required to get a license, the main focus of the plan and its regulations is about the distribution of cannabis in different provinces.
The impending legalization of marijuana is set to take place from the beginning of the coming year 2018. In other words, January 1st, 2018 will begin a prohibition-free era for cannabis in Canada. While the date is pre-decided, it is subject to change in case the legislation takes more than expected time to get approved.
As long as the person is above eighteen years of age, he or she will have no restrictions when it comes to the consumption of the drug, or getting their hands on it in the first place. However, different provinces possess the right of altering the age requirement. In one state, you might be a legal user of cannabis while in the other; you may be underage for the use.
On the brighter side, unlike many other countries that have legalized marijuana or are on the verge of legalizing, in Canada, minors will not face severe charges for possessing mere amounts of the drug. They may face civil sanction, but a criminal prosecution is out of question.
As for the growers, the government plans to issue licenses, similar to what it does in the case of MMJ producers. According to the officials, this licensing will play factor in rolling out top-quality products in the market. Furthermore, it is also said to enhance the safety of the product being manufactured.
Although provinces have the right to get a framework in place which will regulate the retail distribution of the drug, the national government may intervene. That is, however, only possible if the province fails to put a proper distribution and sales framework in place. In such a case, the adults may be allowed by the government to purchase cannabis directly from a producer licensed by the federal government.
As per law, adults will only be allowed to possess marijuana up to a maximum of 30 grams at a time. Similarly, if you want to produce cannabis residentially, there are certain limitations to that as well. The legal boundaries only permit you to cultivate a maximum of four plants at a single residence. In addition, the plants should be 100 cm in height at most.
What many people found confusing was the fact that the current bill did not mention taxes, but that does not mean that the drug will not be taxed. It is expected that a separate formal proposal will be made by the finance minister by the end of this year.