Apr 20, 2016
The Liberal government announced Tuesday that it plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year.
Health Minister Jane Philpott made the announcement during a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York regarding drug use and drug-related crime.
“We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals,” Philpott said. “While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety.”
No other details of the legislation were revealed during her speech.
Her address happens to coincide with 4/20 – the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, which takes on special significance in Canada this year, with the governing Liberals having promised to legalize and regulate marijuana.
As a doctor, the health minister spoke of witnessing “people suffer the devastating consequences of drugs, drug-related crime, and ill-conceived drug policy.”Quote: