Canada Set To Legalize Marijuana | The Federalist Papers

Canada is set to potentially end marijuana prohibition if legislation recently put forward in the government passes, which would represent a big follow-through on one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises.

The legislation. The Wall Street Journal reported:

The main goal, the government said, is to control the production, distribution, sale and possession of marijuana, and keep it out of the hands of criminal organizations. Criminal offenses for illicit production and trafficking will remain in place. Research done for Ottawa indicated the illicit marijuana market generates an estimated 7 billion Canadian dollars ($5.26 billion) a year for criminal organizations.

If approved by both chambers of Parliament, it will be legal by mid-2018 in Canada for a person 18 years or older to purchase cannabis from licensed producers and possess up to 30 grams (1.1 ounce) of the drug when in public. Selling or giving marijuana to a person younger than 18 will carry a penalty of up to 14 years in jail […]

The proposed legislation would ban the export or import of marijuana, and imposes limits on marketing to youth. There are also provisions to ban driving under the influence of drugs.

Lawmakers speak out. Bill Blair, a Liberal legislator who was also a Toronto police chief, advised the cabinet about the new law and recently discussed how he believes the current “prohibition” doesn’t work.

“The current system of prohibition is failing our kids, and it’s failing our communities, and it’s putting all Canadians at risk as they far too often are using an unregulated, untested and unsafe product,” he said.

Why is this important? If Canada legalizes marijuana, it would make them the first large and industrialized nation in the world to do so, which could have a significant influence on how other Western nations handle their own drug legislation.

Robert MacCoun, a public-policy analyst and law professor at Stanford University, has written about marijuana policy and discussed what the legislation in Canada could mean.

“It’s uncharted territory,” he said. “Canada has been a pretty strict prohibitionist country. So for them to go forward with this makes it more thinkable other countries will follow.”

C.E. Dyer

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