Article by John Paul Tasker, CBC News
The task force appointed by the federal government to study the legalization of marijuana said Tuesday cannabis sales should be restricted to those 18 and older with a personal possession limit of 30 grams.
Provinces and territories should, however, be provided with the flexibility to set their own age restrictions on purchasing the drug, the report said.
The report recommends Ottawa impose many of the same restrictions that currently apply to alcohol and tobacco sales, namely limits on advertising, to cannabis, to discourage use by young people.
While it says cannabis consumption for personal purposes should be legalized, the task force recommends criminal penalties for illicit production and for those trafficking the drug to youth and international markets.
Cannabis should be sold in storefront locations, the report said, but it recommends a ban of co-locating cannabis with alcohol and tobacco products, a blow to some provinces, like Ontario, which had hoped to sell marijuana in government-owned liquor stores.
The task force did not recommend a set price for cannabis, but suggested higher taxes on cannabis with elevated levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects, to discourage use.