Canadian Parliament plans to take on the task of legalizing marijuana in the spring of 2017. A national task force, called the Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation, has made 80 recommendations as how to go forward dealing with the legalization process.
The recreational legalization would make Canada the first G7 country to legalize the herb since its early 20th century prohibition.
On December 13, 2016, the task force published it’s report.
The organization sought council from provincial, territorial and municipal governments, legal and medical experts and law enforcement representatives, as well as representatives in other jurisdictions where recreational cannabis has been legalized, including those outside of Canada (Colorado, Washington and Uruguay). The force has received more than 30,000 responses, both from organizations and individuals, through their online public consultation process.
Additionally, they retrieved large amounts of data compiled through Canada’s experience with regulating alcohol and tobacco, as well as the existing regulatory framework for medical cannabis.