Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced today that Canadians will be able to consume marijuana recreationally without criminal penalties starting on Oct. 17, 2018.
Trudeau revealed the date during question period in the House of Commons.
“We work in partnership with the provinces, and since we’ve passed these measures in Parliament we’ve been listening to the provinces who have been asking for more time to implement it,” Trudeau said in French.
“That’s why we’re accepting the request of the provinces and that’s why we’ll be legalizing it as of Oct, 17, 2018.”
Trudeau will hold a news conference, before the House of Commons heads into its summer recess, at 4:30 p.m. ET. CBCNews.ca will carry his remarks live. He is expected to further address the legalization timeline.
While the federal government was responsible for the bill that will ultimately legalize recreational marijuana possession, home growing and sales to adults — by dismantling key aspects of the Criminal Code that ensured prohibition for 95 years — the practical details of implementing legalization have been left largely to the provinces and territories.