Article by Manisha Krishnan, Vice
Marijuana dispensaries, lounges, and recreational smokers all have reasons to be optimistic following the release of a government report on how legalization in Canada should be shaped.
The Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation made 80 recommendations to the government Tuesday. They include allowing for pot to be sold in retail spaces (a.k.a. dispensaries) and to be smoked at indoor marijuana lounges and tasting rooms.
The task force also said the legal age to purchase and consume cannabis should be 18, and that Canadians smoking recreationally should be allowed to possess a maximum of 30 grams of weed.
As for criminalization, the task force called for illegal production, trafficking, and selling to minors to remain criminal offences, but for lesser offences to move towards a fining system.
VICE reached out to several stakeholders in the marijuana industry to get their reactions to the news.