Can Justin Trudeau Keep To His Spring Legalization Timeframe?

Article by Jon Hiltz,

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Ever since Justin Trudeau won a Liberal majority and became the leader of Canada in October of 2015, he has been steadfast to keep his election promise of legalizing adult-use cannabis. He may not be executing the legislation in a way that the whole country agrees upon, but the general consensus is satisfied that pot will be legal regardless of how that’s accomplished.

The scheduled timeline for marijuana legislation is spring of this year, but the task force and the Prime Minister have indicated that, although the rules will be set, it may be some time before Canadians can vape in peace.


These sentiments were recently reiterated by the head of the marijuana task force, Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott, in an interview with News 1130. In the podcast interview, she said “We need to make sure that there is a strict regulatory process in place and that there are restrictions in terms of access. We also have work to do on the public education front.”

Domestic challenges aside, there is also the messy process of exiting three international drug treaties that Canada was a party to in the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. Experts have indicated that backing out of these accords might require changing Canada’s constitution, convincing other UN countries to allow Canada an exemption from the treaties, or to formally withdraw from the treaties altogether.

The efforts of the federal government clearly require time and patience, but will Canadians at least be able to enjoy their favorite ganja before the next federal election in 2019? All Minister Philpott would say on the matter is “At this point, I can’t give you a specific timeline.”

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