Canada Legalizing MMJ
The first North American country; Canada legalizing medical cannabis.
Many people think Canada is a marijuana free-for-all zone. If you drive into Canada from the US, especially from states where cannabis is legal, they make it very clear that’s not the case. Having anything to do with marijuana can land you in jail or prevent you from crossing the boarder. Finding dispensaries is difficult to say the least and the rules are tough, but that’s all about to change.
“As of this spring, legislation for marijuana legalization will go before the parliament. Because of this, cities across the nation are bracing themselves for the change. Richmond is working on dispensary bans while other cities like Edmonton are creating regulations and setting up policies. Just last month a list of policy ideas were given by the government with suggestions such as creating a mail-order service, limiting liquor store sales and having an age requirement of 18, all for the sake of preparing for the nationwide legalization.” – THCU
Canada’s new Liberal government is pushing its pot-friendly ideas on the rest of the world, and many government leaders hope the country could be a driving force in getting the United Nations to reconsider its treaties that ban the drug.
“Resources better spent on healthcare are now being spent on incarceration, and incarceration alone is redirecting people away from healthcare,” Erskine-Smith told hundreds of government representatives from around the world on Tuesday. “We ought not to throw scotch-users in jail, and we ought not throw the book at marijuana users.”
Although Canada legalizing marijuana, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to “legalize, regulate, and restrict” access to marijuana for recreational use in Canada; however, the government has no formal rules or regulations for such restriction.
It’s an exciting time for Canada and Canada residents. The legalization has yet to happen and they’ve already begun to make the changes needed in order to run a successful cannabis industry and legalization within their borders.The DEA recently shot down taking marijuana down from the Schedule I list so Americans only dream of nationwide legalization. If Canada proves to be any sort of success, we’ll hopefully then have the American government’s approval to follow in Canada’s footsteps and legalize nationwide.