The official legislation is being introduced by the liberal government on Thursday to make recreational cannabis use legal before July 1, 2018 but interim information releases have been made to the media.
This is what we know so far from comments made to the media from senior officials;
- The program will continue to be managed by Health Canada.
- There will be a focus on speeding up the licensing process (the government is worried about a shortage increasing market share for black market) and a focus on smaller producers.
- In case some of the provinces can’t get their distribution models up in time there may be an interim Canada Post mail order solution.
- Canadians over the age of 18/19 (depending on province) will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis.
- There will be tough for anyone selling or supplying anyone under the legal age.
- Packing will be plain – marketed much like cigarettes but there is a big push by the large LPs in Canada to move more towards alcohol packing. Remains to be seen where this one will end up.
There will be some things missing from the announcement on Thursday. It is expected that provisions dealing with roadside intoxication testing will be added later after a report on a preliminary pilot project are studied are released.