Saturday, December 17, 2016

Canada Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis

Canada Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis

Canada Legalization and Regulation of Cannabis


Current Marijuana Laws


Cannabis (marijuana) remains a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Drug and Substances Act, and, unless otherwise regulated for production and distribution for medical purposes, is subject to offenses under that Act. Possessing and selling marijuana for non-medical purposes is still illegal everywhere in Canada. 

Changing Marijuana Laws

The legalization and strict regulation of cannabis (marijuana) a serious and complex matter that will take time.

There are public health and safety risks associated with marijuana use, including its effects on the mental development of young people and illicit profits that support criminal organizations. There may be further health risks from illegally supplied marijuana products that are untested and unregulated. The Government of Canada will design a system of strict production, distribution, and sales of marijuana, in order to

Better protect health and enhance public safety by regulating access to marijuana for non-medical purposes;
Make it less profitable for illicit drug dealers and organized crime groups to stay in the marijuana business; and
Keep it out of the hands of youth.

Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation

The Task Force has completed its report on the design of a new system to legalize, strictly regulate and restrict access to cannabis. This advice will be considered by the Government of Canada as legislation is being developed.
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