Trudeau Proposes Bill To Legalize Recreational Pot

The plan is to have a legalized pot system in place by the end of June 2018.

While cannabis is now considered contraband by the Department of Justice, 28 states and the nation's capital have approved laws letting adults use marijuana for recreational or medical reasons.

Canada officially moved to legalize recreational marijuana on Thursday when the government introduced legislation allowing the possession of small amounts of cannabis.

Sources tell The Canadian Press the bill will also include rules requiring producers to sell their marijuana in plain packaging, similar to restrictions the federal government is trying to impose on tobacco manufacturers.

"Criminal prohibition has failed to protect our kids and our communities", Blair said, according to the New York Times. The four new recreational states, which grant cannabis freedom to adults 21 and older, joined Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Washington, D.C., and OR in ending decades of the failed policy of marijuana prohibition.

While many details remain to be seen, the legislation will block sellers from marketing cannabis products that appeal to youth or are packaged or labelled in a way to appeal to them.

The legislation, once passed, would allow police to use what she called "oral fluid screening devices" to check for marijuana impairment, while also creating brand new driving offences for those caught driving while impaired by pot.

The legalization of marijuana is being overseen by the departments of Health, Justice and Public Safety.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale defended the legalization, saying current laws have been "an abject failure" at keeping minors from using marijuana and organized crime from profiting.

The product for sale will be free of flashy packaging, images of animals or people, or testimonials boasting about the product. The marijuana task force led by former Liberal justice minister Anne McLellan had acknowledged provinces and territories would likely harmonize it with the age limit they now have in place for alcohol and tobacco.

The Liberal government of Canada introduced legislation Thursday that would make it legal for adults o buy and grow marijuana for personal.

The proposed rules would take effect in July 2018 and allow Canadians to grow up to four plants in their home or to purchase dried flowers and other cannabis products from licensed shops. First, the bill needs to pass through Parliament, and then each of Canada's 10 provinces will have to decide how the drug will be sold in their territories.

In a report released on Tuesday, the CD Howe Institute warned that if the cost is too high, it would do little to undercut the illicit market, but if it is too low, it could encourage consumption and fail to generate significant government revenue. "This must be an orderly transition".

Illegal pot dispensaries have sprouted up in cities across Canada in the last few years, especially in Vancouver and Toronto.

At this point, there are 42 companies that have the necessary authorizations from Health Canada to produce marijuana for medical purposes across the country.

Bringing marijuana products across the border could cause confusion for citizens of both countries: Americans who may cross back into the US still under the influence, and Canadians who enter the USA unwittingly in possession of marijuana.