Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Task Force Goes Into the Weeds on Canada's Legalization of Marijuana


Matt Mauer has an epic post today at Slaw regarding extensive recommendations, now released by a federal task force, on implementing marijuana legalization in Canada.

See: Task Force Recommendations on Legalization of Marijuana: The “Coles” Notes.  

Matt has done the heavy lifting with a very detailed overview, which I highly recommend (pun absolutely not intended).

I'll touch on a few of the report's highlights:
  • The corner, marijuana-only store will be a more likely retailer of the future than the LCBO, if the report's recommendations are to be followed. The task force recommends that cannabis should not be sold in locations that also sell alcohol or tobacco products. 
  • The report also recommends that private cultivation by individuals of up to four cannabis plants be permitted
  • If the report is followed,social smoking environments such as cannabis lounges will also be allowed
  • It recommends that the law establish a limit of 30 grams, or just over an ounce, for the personal possession of non-medical dried cannabis in public with a corresponding sales limit for dried cannabis
  • To combat marijuana-related impaired driving, it recommends the government invest in the development of roadside drug screening technologies to detect THC levels.
- Garry J. Wise, Toronto
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