Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is poised this month to introduce legislation to legalize recreational marijuana by July 1, 2018 coinciding with Canada Day.
Trudeau, who admitted to using marijuana in the past, has campaigned to legalize marijuana in the last federal election, helping his Liberal Party capture the youth vote that led to their victory in 2015.
The legislation is expected to be announced on the week of April 10, according to CBC News.
Under the legislation, the federal government will be responsible in issuing licenses to producers as well as making sure the supply of marijuana is safe and secure.
Provincial governments will be given the freedom to decide how to sell and distribute the marijuana. They will also have the right to set the price.
For Canadians who want to grow their own marijuana, each household is limited to have four plants.
The Daily Caller reports:
Trudeau is luring the provinces into his scheme by promising them huge tax revenues. He likes to cite the experience in Colorado, where marijuana was legalized in 2014 and is reportedly managing $1 billion in annual pot sales. It is not known if Trudeau is also telling the provinces that Colorado has also seen a spike in impaired driving charges over the last three years.