Gov­ern­ment in­tro­duces bill to le­gal­ize re­cre­ational pot

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TORONTO | Cana­dian Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau’s gov­ern­ment in­tro­duced leg­is­la­tion Thurs­day to let adults pos­sess up to 30 grams of mar­i­juana in pub­lic — a mea­sure that would make Canada the largest de­vel­oped coun­try to end a na­tion­wide pro­hi­bi­tion on re­cre­ational mar­i­juana.

Mr. Trudeau has long promised to le­gal­ize re­cre­ational pot use and sales. The South Amer­i­can na­tion of Uruguay is the only na­tion to le­gal­ize re­cre­ational mar­i­juana.

The pro­posed law al­lows four plants to be grown at home. Those un­der 18 found with less than five grams of mar­i­juana would not face crim­i­nal charges, but those who sell it or give it to youth could face up to 14 years in jail.

Of­fi­cials said Cana­di­ans should be able to smoke mar­i­juana legally by July 1, 2018. The leg­is­la­tion must still be ap­proved by Par­lia­ment, but with Mr. Trudeau’s Lib­eral party hold­ing a ma­jor­ity, its pas­sage in con­sid­ered as­sured.

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