Federal Task Force Advises Wide-Ranging Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Article by Daniel LeBlanc, The Globe and Mail

  • Federal task force recommends marijuana be sold at store front and mail order
  • Minimum legal age would be 18, must be sold away from schools and not with alcohol
  • Canadians could carry up to 30 grams and grow four plants at home
  • Liberals to table legalization bill in the spring

Canadian adults over the age of 18 will be able to carry up to 30 grams of marijuana for recreational purposes – and grow up to four plants in their homes – under the legal model recommended by a federally appointed task force.

The group of experts, chaired by former Liberal minister Anne McLellan, is also recommending that high-potency products be more heavily taxed, to “discourage” their use in the general public.

The report was ordered by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government, which promised to table legislation to legalize marijuana for recreational use in the spring of 2017. The government may choose to accept or reject the task force’s recommendations when it crafts the legislation. It remains unclear when the drug will be taken off the prohibited list for the first time since 1923.

Under the proposal that was released on Tuesday, the production of marijuana for recreational purposes would follow the system that is currently in use for medical marijuana, which is overseen and heavily regulated by Health Canada.

At the same time, the report urged the federal government to eventually allow “craft” and outdoor production under strict security conditions.

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