Marijuana legislation would make it easier for police to demand roadside samples

Apr 14, 2017, 10:38

Possession of small amounts of marijuana-about 30 grams to an ounce- would be decriminalized under the bill, which was created by the Task Force on Cannabis and Regulation, comprised of law officials and health and safety experts in Canada.

Police would also be able to demand a saliva sample from a driver if they reasonably suspect the person has drugs in their body.

That means Canada's some 40 licensed medical marijuana producers stand to gain from first-mover advantage, said Vahan Ajamian, a research analyst at Beacon Securities. In the Netherlands, marijuana use is generally tolerated, but it is not strictly speaking legal.

With distribution up to provinces, Ivancicevic said he's hoping the Ontario doesn't adopt an LCBO-type model for marijuana.

Individuals would be allowed to possess 30 grams of legal cannabis and to grow up to four plants per household.

The new framework would make it illegal to market marijuana products to children, or sell to anyone under 18.

The federal government introduced legislation Thursday that will see Ottawa continue to regulate and licence producers of legal marijuana the way it does for medical cannabis companies.

Aphria chief executive Vic Neufeld said the legislation is a good beginning, but leaves a lot of blanks to be filled, such as more explanation on permitted marketing and related practices.

It's also a departure from the norm in the United States, where states that have legalized recreational marijuana use have set a minimum age of 21.

Canada was on track to legalize recreational marijuana by July 2018 after the government put forward legislation on Thursday that will see it regulate production but left the details of how the drug will be sold up to the provinces.Recreational marijuana has been legalized in some USA states, including Colorado and Washington, but Canada would be the first Group of Seven country to do so nationally. In many cases, it is easier for our children to get cannabis than it is to get cigarettes. Individuals would be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of recreational pot, similar to the one-ounce standard set in several US states with legal marijuana laws in effect, while households would be allowed to grow up to four plants. Those specifics are not in the bill, but the proposed legislation does give the government the authority to bring in regulations on packaging, advertising and other practices.

Goodale argued that the Canadian approach would ultimately prove to be the better one. Marijuana taxes will be announced at a later date. Where do we want people to use it if not at home?

James Phillips, CEO of the Canadian/American Border Trade Alliance, said the Canadian move could cause problems along the border because marijuana possession is still illegal under USA law.

According to government statistics, as many as 4.6 million Canadians will consume an estimated total 655 metric tons of cannabis annually by 2018, spending an estimated Can$4.2 billion to Can$6.2 billion each year.

Illegal pot dispensaries have sprouted up in cities across Canada in the last few years, especially in Vancouver and Toronto. "We're going to be last in the pecking order".