Article by Roshini Nair, CBC News
The countdown to marijuana legalization officially began on, yes, Apr. 20 — or 4/20 — when the federal government announced it would table legislation to legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017.
Revellers at Vancouver’s annual 4/20 greeted the news with celebration. The event this year had moved to Sunset Beach with an estimated 25,000 participants at its peak. Some called it he biggest event the city has ever had.
But it wasn’t just free joints and smoky beaches — 2016 marked key milestones for the green herb.
The year started with the Federal Court striking down a ban on medical marijuana users growing their own pot. Judge Michael Phelan gave the federal government six months to come up with new rules.
Ottawa decided not to appeal, and new regulations were introduced in August.