TV host Jimmy Kimmel jokes about legal marijuana in Canada

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Aprile 23, 2017

Trudeau's Liberal government promised late last month that the recreational use of marijuana will be legal in Canada on or before July 1, 2018. However, Canada's provinces and territories, which under the constitution have regulatory powers, can set a higher legal age. Households would also be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants.

The "Cannabis Act" plans, unveiled on Thursday, presents a fresh legal framework to control production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada.

The new policy would create tougher criminal offenses for selling marijuana to a minor - punishable by as much as 14 years in prison.

At a news conference attended by the various ministries affected by the proposed law, former Toronto police chief and current Liberal Member of Parliament Bill Blair called legalized pot a way of "protecting children and making our communities safer".

In anticipation of the legislative move, there has reportedly been a rush on licenses to produce medical marijuana, pot stocks have shot up, and dispensaries have opened in cities across the country vying for market share in what promises to be a lucrative business.

Goodale said they've been close touch with the US government on the proposed law and noted exporting and importing marijuana will continue to be illegal.

With that in mind, the world's first cannabis ETF was launched in Canada in early April. Provinces could raise the minimum age of consumption if they choose, the government says.

Under the federal government's proposed new law introduced today.

If Canada is successful in legalising the recreational use of the drug, it will be the G7 country to do so.

The legalization of marijuana in Canada took a major step forward Thursday, and PI analyst Jason Zandberg thinks that is an immediate positive for cannabis stocks.

The new law actually has two components - to regulate recreational use and sales of the drug, and to beef up impaired driving laws for those driving under the influence of cannabis. The new marijuana law states that adults 18 and over can posses up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public. The bill does say, however, that it would be against the law to sell cannabis in a package, or with a label, that could be interpreted as being appealing to children and youth.

The provincial government of Saskatchewan has been vocal about its concerns, questioning the effectiveness of the government's plans to tackle the issue of drugged driving.

"It is important that Canadians are aware of possible actions they may face upon attempted entrance into the United States if they possess or have residue of marijuana".

It's nothing short of a sea change in public policy, one with profound implications for everything from Canadian culture and health to border security, road safety and even worldwide relations: legalizing marijuana.

"If you add 10 or 15 seconds to every vehicle inspection on average at the border, you're going to back up the cars a significant amount of distance", he said.

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