The Canadian government announced today they would push for new legislation to legalize recreational marijuana. They predict the new law will go into effect next summer — to allow people to have small amounts of marijuana (up to 30 grams).
They want to legalize it for ages 18 and up, but provinces can decide if the ages should be higher. Provinces will also decide how marijuana would be sold and distributed. The government will also develop guidelines for THC levels that would constitute “driving under influence” — and some police are developing roadside saliva drug tests.
The Canadian government said the law would help keep marijuana away from teenagers and stop organized crime from making profits — they have been spending 2 to 3 billion per year in marijuana enforcement without good results.
When Canada officially legalizes it, it will be the second country in the world after Uruguay to legalize it. The U.S. has 8 states that legalize it, but it is still illegal under federal law.