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article imageCanadian marijuana legalization plan coming Thursday

By Karen Graham     Apr 10, 2017 in Politics
Ottawa - A senior government official is saying the proposed federal legislation to legalize and regulate the sale of marijuana in Canada will be tabled in the House of Commons on Thursday.
CTV News Canada confirmed the story, reporting the legislation will give Canadians the details on how the government plans to control the sale of marijuana across the country.
CBC's flagship TV show, The National, was the first to break the news last month of the coming legislation, saying the legislation would be introduced the week of April 10, according to Digital Journal.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the legalization of marijuana one of his campaign promises in 2015, telling voters he believed that by legalizing pot, it would make it harder for young people to access the weed, as well as take away the profit incentives from organized crime, according to CBC News.
The coming legislation is the result of studies done by a task force appointed by Trudeau last year. The group came up with 80 recommendations that included a minimum age of 18 for possessing marijuana as well as allowing the sale of recreational marijuana in store-fronts and by mail-order means.
Conservative MPs are still not happy with the minimum age requirement, saying it should be higher, based on studies that say brain development can be affected by pot smoking up to the age of 25. However, the New Democrats are saying the Liberal government is still moving too slowly in legalizing marijuana, saying the government should decriminalize marijuana possession so nobody caught with it before it's legal will have to endure a criminal record.
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