Article by Javier Hasse, Benzinga
As per current legislation, people in Canada are allowed to possess, consume or grow cannabis for medicinal purposes — given certain conditions issued by Health Canada are met. However, recreational use of marijuana is still prohibited (and punishable) by law.
Nonetheless, many experts believe that legalization of cannabis for recreational use could come in 2017, especially after the country’s marijuana legalization task force published a document with 80 recommendations for a future legal cannabis regime.
Time and time again, our readers have asked when Canada will legalize weed, and, although we cannot predict what is going to happen, we did reach out to some experts and asked about the issue.
One Of 2 Options
“I believe Canada’s politicians are going to do one of two things. Either they are going to try and push it through this term— [or Prime Minister Justin] Trudeau can essentially keep it as a feather in his cap, because they have this task force document making recommendations on how to establish a legal market,” Viridian Capital Advisors analyst Harrison Phillips said.
“Trudeau could push for it and continue to support it, but essentially back off and say, ‘Look, we want to do this right. If you want this, vote for me again and I’ll be sure to pass it on my next term.’ So, it’s going to come down to what they want to do politically within the country,” he added.