Ottawa is following through on a major campaign promise.
On Thursday they unveiled their plan to legalize marijuana by July 2018 and introduced legislation.
Speaking from Ottawa MP for Regina Lewvan, Ralph Goodale says this plan will greatly reduce underage use and criminal activity.
“Police forces spend between two and three-billion dollars every year trying to deal with cannabis, yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the world. Criminals pocket seven to eight-billion dollars in illicit proceeds, we simply have to do better,” Goodale said.
The new law will allow adults 18 and over to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, share up to 30 grams of marijuana with other adults over 18 and buy cannabis or cannabis oil from a provincially regulated store.
They would also be permitted to grow up to four plants per home for personal use, as well as make legal cannabis-containing products at home.
Provinces however will have the final say on amounts allowed within their borders.