The federal government will Make the Sale of Marijuana Legal by July 1, 2018.
On Sunday evening, it was announced that Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government of Canada have finally said that marijuana will be legalized by July 1st, of 2018. Marijuana producers will be licensed and the federal government will monitor the sale and supply. Those interested in growing marijuana plants in their household will be limited to four plants per residence.
Health Minister Jane Philpott said the goals of marijuana legalization are keeping children safe and keeping the profits of marijuana sales out of the hands of criminals. Marijuana will be treated like tobacco. Just because it is legal won’t mean it is safe for everyone. Marijuana becomes legal, the pretense of a prescription will be gone, but age restrictions will remain. The federal government has set the legal age of possession to 18 years old, but each province/territory’s governments will be able to raise that legal age if necessary.
Deciding the price of legal marijuana will be a “crucial” decision for regulators, as they attempt to make the new system both attractive and responsible. The Provincial governments will have the right to decide how marijuana is distributed and sold. The Provincial governments will also have the right to set prices, therefore prices are expected to vary from province to province.
Finance Minister Bill Morneau told reporters in Toronto that the government has not come to a decision on the taxation of marijuana sales.