Canada’s Legalization Tasks Force Recommends Allowing Cannabis for those 18+

Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation has released a report detailing their recommendations for how to legalize cannabis.

Legalization Tasks ForceThe task force was commissioned by the Canadian government to give lawmakers guidance on legalization legislation being introduced in the nation’s parliament in the spring. Unlike the eight states that have legalized cannabis in the U.S., where the age limit is 21+, the task force has recommended that cannabis be legal for all adults 18 and older, with a limit of 30 grams.

“Now is the time to move away from a system that has, for decades, been focused on the prohibition of cannabis into a regulated legal market,” said Anne McLellan, chair of the task force. “I think we’re all aware of the challenges and societal problems that the existing system has created”.

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Report: Legal Cannabis Market in Canada Will be Worth $23 Billion Annually, Surpass Liquor Industry

marflagOnce recreational cannabis is legalized in Canada – a promise of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – the industry will be worth roughly $23 billion annually, surpassing the total market for beer, wine and spirits. This is according to a forthcoming report by Deloitte titled Recreational Marijuana: Insights and Opportunities.

“There hasn’t been anything like this — and granted it wasn’t legislated — but you think of the dot-com … flurry,” Mark Whitmore, vice-chair of Deloitte, said in an interview Wednesday with The Star. “It has that kind of feel to it. There’s a lot of froth, a lot of interest in this space and a lot of people think there’s going to be an opportunity”.

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Canadian College to Offer Program on Cannabis Cultivation

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Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick’s campus.

A Canadian college in the Atlantic province of New Brunswick has announced plans to institute a program on the cultivation of cannabis, designed to help students get a job with a company that produces the medicine.

The program will launch next year at the French-language College Communautaire du Nouveau-Brunswick, according Michel Doucet, executive director of continuing education and customized learning.

The announcement comes several months after the country elected Justin Trudeau, who campaigned on a platform of legalizing cannabis and says legislation will be introduced in the spring, as Prime Minister. Medical marijuana is already legal across Canada, though the number of companies in the industry is relatively small at the moment.

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Canada’s Biggest News Publication Lashes Out at U.S. Border Policy

By Jon Hiltz, Marijuana.com

canadaflagcannabisAs Canada moves forward with the business of legalizing marijuana, miscommunications and scuffles close to U.S. border are inevitable.

Although pot is legal for recreational use in a handful of states, as well as half the country for medical marijuana, it oddly remains on the DEA’s list of Schedule 1 narcotics. Canada, by contrast, is legalizing recreational marijuana nationally in the spring of 2017.

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Canada Patients Allowed to Grow Medical Cannabis at Home Starting August 24th

canadaCanada’s government announced today that it will be allowing qualified medical cannabis patients to grow their own cannabis at home beginning August 24th. The announcement comes nearly six months after a federal court struck down the nation’s ban on home-grown medical cannabis.

Under the new policy, patients are allowed to grow at least two plants outdoors, or up to five plants indoors (more is allowed if prescribed by a physician). According to Health Canada, the new rules provide “an immediate solution” for complying with the February court order that mandates the government to make the medicine more affordable and accessible for those in need.

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Canada: 69% Support Legalizing Cannabis

canadaA new Nanos survey has found that 69% of those in Canada who are 18 and older support legalizing cannabis, with just 26% opposed to the change.

According to the poll, support for legalization is highest in B.C., with 76% of respondents favoring legalization. Support is lowest in Prairies, though a large majority of 62% stated that they favor legalization.

Overall, just 4% of those surveyed stated that they’re undecided, indicating the a vast majority of Canadians have their minds made up on the issue.

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Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Mandates the Legalization of Cannabis

canadaRecently elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has issued a letter of mandates to the nation’s Minister of Justice and Attorney General. Among the mandates is that the country must legalize and regulate the recreational use of cannabis, fulfilling a campaign promise by Trudeau that he would legalize cannabis if elected.

In the letter, Trudeau mandates that the Minister of Justice and Attorney General work “with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health” to “create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.”

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Canada’s Liberals Sweep to Victory—With a Marijuana Legalization Platform

By Phillip Smith, StoptheDrugWar.org

canadaflagcannabisLed by Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Liberal Party swept to a strong victory in Monday’s elections.

While results were still being tallied Monday night, it looks as if the party has won enough seats to form a majority government by itself. At press time, the Liberals had won 156 six seats in the lower house of parliament and were leading in 34 more. They only need 170 seats to form a majority in the 338-seat lower chamber.The Liberal platform included, among other things, marijuana legalization:

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Poll: 86% of Canadians Support Legalizing or Decriminalizing Cannabis

canadaflagcannabisAccording to new polling released by the group Vote Compass, an overwhelming 86% of those in Canada support either decriminalizing or legalizing cannabis, including 75% of self-described Conservatives.

According to the poll of 14,502 respondents taken between September 22nd and September 24th, 56% of Canada residents are in support of fully legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes. An additional 30% believe that it should be decriminalized, with just 14% in favor of retaining the nation’s current prohibition on the plant.

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