Government introduces bill to legalize recreational pot
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.