Canada Will Have Legal Weed in 2017…Regulated By the Federal Government

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appears to be making good (slowly but surely) on his promise to legalize cannabis in Canada in 2017.

Last month, the nation’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation published a report with 80 recommendations to the Federal Government on the nation’s legalization. Canada’s Parliament will then meet this spring to talk about those recommendations and hopefully soon thereafter.

While there’s not yet a distinct date for when Canada’s citizens (and tourists!) should be able to start buying regulated legal weed by the end of the year–or at least early next year (this licensing and regulatory process always takes longer than said)–which means Canada will be the world’s first fully legal country (Uruguay only has medical legalized nationally).

Here are some of those key recommendations, courtesy of

  • The production of cannabis and its derivative products should be regulated by the Federal Government, in a similar fashion to how the Federal Government presently regulates the production of medical cannabis.
  • This is generally perceived as a big win for the 36 currently licensed producers of medical cannabis in Canada that have gone through the rigorous approval process under the existing medical cannabis regime, which has proven to be a barrier to entry into the medical cannabis market.
  • The recommended minimum age for purchasing cannabis be set at 18.
  • Personal cultivation should be limited to four plants per residence, with a height limit of 100 cm per plant.The amount of non-medical cannabis that individuals are permitted to carry on their person in a public place should be limited to 30 grams.
  • Any promotion or marketing that is allowed should be restricted in a similar fashion as with tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceutical products.
  • Access via both retail distribution and mail-order system should be allowed.

Sure, there’s a not lot to like here. 30 grams isn’t enough of a limit. Four plants per home isn’t enough for home growers to really do their thing legally. The entry point for new businesses will go thru the government which makes it tough for John Dank who grows the fire to get into this industry. That’s good for the current medical system (mail only) who should have a leg up on competition.

But it does look a lot like Colorado’s program and it’s certainly progress. Still, having the Federal Government and not provinces regulate their own policies is a far stretch. This will be a strict program, and it’ll be one that’s extremely difficult for new businesses to enter


Unlike most American states (except California), the big coup for Canadians is, I guess, that they can also have legal weed delivered to their homes (like the medical patients do currently) and enter legal dispensaries.

While having a government control who grows legal weed and not a more welcoming industry is a buzzkill, most Canadians should still be pretty stoked they’re apart of the first country to go full legal.

Your move, President Trump…



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