5 things to know about Ottawa’s new cannabis legislation
NY [U.S.], April 14: The highly anticipated legislation aimed at regulating recreational marijuana use by July 2018 has been introduced by the Canadian Government.
On Thursday, the government tabled two bills created to end more than 90 years of prohibition. “We simply have to do better”.
“Criminal prohibition has failed to protect our kids and our communities”, said Bill Blair, a lawmaker and former Toronto police chief involved in the legislative process for the legalization bill. Along with a “zero tolerance approach for those driving under the influence“, the plan calls for “robust” public spending on a PSA campaign about the dangers of impaired driving.
Impaired driving laws will be toughened users who mix alcohol with pot, with penalties rising from a $1,000 fine to life imprisonment, depending on the concentration of drugs and if someone else becomes a victim, either by injury or death, of the impaired person’s actions. Thats slightly lower than the drinking age limit of 19 in most provinces.
“This is not a device or a tool that does not exist in other places in the world”. A positive test could result to more testing including a blood test.
“I think that if we get it right, it can work”, said Alberta Premier Rachel Notley. Here’s what you need to know if you’re thinking of investing in marijuana.
Sponsors of the legislation said that they had little choice but to back off, leaving Colorado with its patchwork of rules for pot clubs.
A frontrunner for the leadership of the Tories, Kellie Leitch, meanwhile, said she would repeal the bill and reinstate the ban, if elected.
The government’s plan puts an emphasis on the issue of driving while high.
With legalization in a growing number of our own states and now an entire major neighboring country ending prohibition, its going to be increasingly hard for drug warriors in the Trump administration to meaningfully roll back our gains, said Tom Angell of the pro-legalization group Marijuana Majority. “Does he intend on downloading this entire thing for implementation and enforcement?” Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, at Thursday’s news conference, was asked by numerous reporters about potential problems at the border, and whether Canadians traveling to the U.S.
But the report concluded that the “current science is not definitive on a safe age for cannabis use”. However, crossing the border into the United States, where marijuana has only been legalized in eight states, including California and the District of Columbia, could prove challenging for Canadian pot smokers.
But the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) said organized crime, including the infamous Hell’s Angels motorcycle club have already acquired legal production licenses for medical marijuana that can then be sold illegally across the country.
The government says advertising will be subject to restrictions similar to those affecting tobacco, but it does appear as if branding will be allowed. It would set the minimum age to purchase cannabis at 18, but provinces can increase that minimum age how they see fit.
Under the law, it would be illegal to sell marijuana packaged or labelled in a way that could be construed as appealing to young people, to include testimonials or endorsements, or to depict a person, character or animal.