Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says new marijuana legislation should be ready by summer, but his government is not considering the legalization of any other drugs.
Canadian bill to legalize marijuana expected to be tabled
- The federal government's proposed legislation to legalize marijuana, which is set to be tabled on Thursday, is expected to tightly control the ability of producers to market their products to the public, sources said.
The proposed legislation is expected to call for plain packaging for recreational marijuana that would make the marketing of the drug more akin to tobacco products than alcohol.
The official acknowledged there is a "big gap" between the government's position on packaging and a recent proposal from Canada's licensed producers of marijuana, which have been getting ready to produce marijuana for the multibillion-dollar recreational market.
After it is tabled in the House, the legislation to legalize marijuana will be studied in committee in coming weeks, but it remains unclear when it will be adopted by Parliament.
In terms of the timing for the opening of the legal marijuana market, a key issue will be the ability of the provinces to develop the necessary infrastructure to distribute and sell marijuana to Canada's adult population.(Excerpt) Read more at: theglobeandmail.com ...
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