Liberals to Keep Prosecuting Pot Users Until Bill Introduced by Next Spring

Article by Daniel LeBlanc, The Globe and Mail


The Trudeau government will not provide an amnesty to current pot users and will continue to support the crackdown on illegal dispensaries as a nine-member panel draws up Canada’s new legal marijuana framework.

The government unveiled on Thursday the Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation that will consult Canadians and propose a series of new rules to the government by the end of the year. The Liberals have promised to unveil legislation to legalize the consumption of marijuana for recreational purposes by the spring of 2017.

“The possession, production, and trafficking of marijuana remain illegal. This includes storefronts selling marijuana, commonly known as ‘dispensaries’ and ‘compassion clubs,’” the government said in a news release.

“The Government of Canada does not intend to decriminalize marijuana possession in the interim. Decriminalization would benefit criminal organizations, would not provide any regulatory control over the quality and safety of the marijuana, and would not help keep marijuana out of the hands of youth,” the statement added.

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