Marijuana regulation in Canada and the United States has let down teenagers in both countries, who are among the most prolific pot smokers in the world, according to the federal minister of public safety and emergency preparedness.
At the same time, the $2.3 billion that Canada spends on “obviously ineffective” enforcement each year, coupled with the huge flow of cash to organized criminals, suggest the present system has “clearly failed,” Ralph Goodale told reporters Tuesday in Saskatoon.
“In both countries, we have to look to a better approach, and we believe the one that we’re developing now, with a new legal regime that will be strictly regulated and controlled and taxed, will be far more effective in the future,” he said.
In an April speech to the United Nations, Health Minister Jane Philpott said the Liberal government will introduce legislation to begin the process of legalizing marijuana in the spring of 2017.
While few details are available, Goodale said the Liberals’ proposed plan to legalize weed will do a better job of keeping marijuana away from teenagers and the profits out of the hands of criminals.