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Marijuana Legalization Approaches

By Andrew Yang

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalize the recreational use of marijuana by 2017 – in fact, it was one of his key campaign promises. However, as the new year approaches, many details about his proposed legislation remain unclear. Here’s what we know so far:

Legal Status:

The new legislation would allow for the use of marijuana for persons aged 18 or higher. It would be heavily taxed. This taxation is meant to discourage the use of marijuana and provide extra revenue to pay for related projects, such as substance abuse services.

Access:

It is still uncertain where people will be able to buy weed. Some politicians, including Premier Kathleen Wynne, have suggested that it be sold in liquor stores, but no definitive decisions have been made there. There will likely be an inconsistent system where each province decides for itself where it is sold.

Purchasing:

The government has suggested that there will be a limit on how much you can buy at a time. This would lower the chances of weed being resold illegally to young people.

Consumption:

Trudeau’s opponents may envision a world where anyone can smoke pot, anywhere, but that is not the case. Parliament has stated that it is considering restricting marijuana use to private residences. The task force is currently considering if it should be allowed in public areas. ♦

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