Article by Joe Klare, Marijuana Times
A little over a year ago voters in Canada went to the polls and tossed the Conservative Party from power after a 10-year reign. In their place they elected the Liberal Party, led by the charismatic Justin Trudeau, son of former Canadian Prime Minister, Pierre Trudeau.
One of the major platforms the Liberals ran on was the legalization of marijuana for all adults, aka recreational legalization or adult-use legalization. Now many eyes are on the new government in Canada as everyone waits to see what the Liberals will do.
To get down to the bottom of where we currently stand in the process, we spoke with Jordan Sinclair, Director of Communications for Canopy Growth Corporation.
The federal government is going to table the legislation in the spring of 2017. There will be a period where they have to debate it. And then it will have to go to the Senate and then they will have to receive something called Royal Assent before it can actually become law.
“That process can take some time,“ says Sinclair. “Even though the rules will start to become clear in the spring it is more likely it will be the winter of 2018 before we start to see recreational sales.”
Although anything is possible with legislation in a country like Canada, Jordan sees little chance of some form of marijuana legalization failing to get through the Canadian Parliament.