Canada will introduce legislation next in 2017 to legalize and regulate marijuana, following through with one of Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises made last fall. The announcement came Wednesday, April 20 from Health Minister Jane Philpott in her address to the United Nations session on drug policy.
“We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem,” said Philpott. She went on to say, “Canada will continue to modernize our approach to drug policy. Building on our successes, such as (safe injection sites), our work will embrace upstream prevention, compassionate treatment and harm reduction”.
Philpott has been quoted saying that legalization “will keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals.”
No firm details were given on the bill but the draft regulations – which will entail pretty much everything from packaging policy to how to keep marijuana out the hands of minors – will be open for comment from Canadians.
With this announcement, authorities are left in an awkward situation knowing that legalization is coming but they have to enforce current law.
Chief of the Sakastoon Police Service Clive Weighill said that it’s “a tough time