The Canadian Government will announce legislation next month that will legalize cannabis in Canada by July 1, 2018.
The Cannabis Telegraph has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.
Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief who has been “stickhandling” the cannabis file for the government, briefed the caucus on the roll-out plan and the legislation during caucus meetings this weekend, according to a senior government.
Provinces to control sales
The federal government will be in charge of making sure the country’s cannabis supply is safe and secure and Ottawa will license producers.
But the provinces will have the right to decide how the cannabis is distributed and sold. Provincial governments will also have the right to set price.
While Ottawa will set a minimum age of 18 …