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Canada Trudeau Unveils Bill Legalizing Marijuana in Canada

20:15  13 april  2017
20:15  13 april  2017 Source:   nytimes.com

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Crowds celebrated National Marijuana Day last year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.CreditChris Roussakis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images.

OTTAWA, Ontario — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada . Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana

Crowds celebrate National Marijuana Day last year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada. © Chris Roussakis/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images Crowds celebrate National Marijuana Day last year on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada.

OTTAWA — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada.

Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. But when Mr. Trudeau’s bill passes as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, after Uruguay, to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product.

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While many countries have decriminalized or allowed the medical use of marijuana , Trudeau ’s bill – which is expected to pass – will make Canada the second nation after Uruguay to completely legalize cannabis for consumers.

OTTAWA — Fulfilling a campaign pledge, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation on Thursday to legalize the recreational use of marijuana in Canada .

The government’s plan has been broadly shaped by a panel of experts, but many issues still need to be worked out before legal sales can begin.

Each of Canada’s provinces will need to decide exactly how the drug will be distributed and sold within its boundaries. The government will have to develop the marijuana equivalents of breathalyzers and a blood alcohol standard, so that drivers can be checked for impairment at the roadside and workers can be tested for safety on the job. Diplomats will have to address conflicts with international drug treaties. And many in the medical community are concerned about the long-term health effects of increased use of marijuana by Canadians under the age of 25.

Though eight American states have legalized marijuana to various extents, the drug remains illegal under federal law. Mr. Trudeau’s move eliminates any such ambiguity in Canada. It follows a court-mandated legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, which was introduced with tight controls in 1999 and later broadened by further court orders.

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