On Thursday, the Liberal government tabled two bills created to end more than 90 years of prohibition.
Former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair, who is the parliamentary secretary to the justice minister, said officials learned from the experiences from other jurisdictions like Colorado and Washington state.
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Provinces have considerable leeway to restrict weed more than the federal government.
Dried and fresh cannabis, as well as cannabis oil, will be initially available with edible products to follow. Any marketing that could appeal to young people will be prohibited, as will selling the product through self-service display cases or vending machines. And grow up to four plants per household (to a maximum height of one metre; don't want to disturb the neighbours, after all).
"Additional regulations in the proposed law spell out strict criminal penalties for those caught driving under the influence of marijuana, steps Canadian Attorney General Jody Wilson-Raybould said "[reflect] an evidence-based approach that will protect Canadians' public health and safety". The government still has to debate the bill and provinces will have to draft their own regulations for sale.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation that would allow adults to possess, share and purchase marijuana, while also strengthening penalties for those who give or sell the products to youth. Provinces would be able to raise the age.
The federal plan is also likely to include efforts to promote drug education, given the Liberal government's stated goal of legalizing pot in order to make it less accessible to young people.
The federal government is also waiting on the result of a pilot project that's been underway in a number of Canadian cities, exploring new technology for a more effective roadside test for enforcing impaired-driving rules.
"You're not going to be able to buy your Glenlivet scotch next to your whatever brand of marijuana", he said. "We recognize our obligation to make sure that this regime is properly financed and properly supported to make sure it is effective".
Others worry that legalisation will put Canada on a collision path with Donald Trump's administration south of the border.
In spite of many lawmaker's enthusiasm for the proposed law, Canada's nation-wide legalization of recreational cannabis could conflict with worldwide drug treaties which still ban the substance.
Rob Pederson, a Realtor from Saskatchewan with the travel-advice company Canada to Arizona, said he believes the proposed laws could help his country and redirect drug profits into legal avenues. U.S voters in California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada voted past year to approve the use of recreational marijuana, joining Colorado, Washington, Oregon and Alaska.
"Canada's current system of marijuana prohibition does not work". "Police forces spend between $2 billion and $3 billion every year trying to deal with cannabis, and yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the western world". And there's an overwhelming consensus that we need to do a better job of protecting our kids and getting organized crime out of this out of this business. But when Mr. Trudeau's bill passes as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, after Uruguay, to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product.
Yet it remains unclear whether new government legislation will allow a place for the 400 or so dispensaries already operating. This must be an orderly transition.