Canada’s Task Force on Cannabis Legalization and Regulation has released their report detailing their recommendations for how to legalize cannabis.
The task force was commissioned by the Canadian government to give lawmakers guidance on legalization legislation being introduced in the nation’s parliament in the spring. Unlike the eight states that have legalized cannabis in the U.S., where the age limit is 21+, the task force has recommended that cannabis be legal for all adults 18 and older, with a limit of 30 grams.
“Now is the time to move away from a system that has, for decades, been focused on the prohibition of cannabis into a regulated legal market,” said Anne McLellan, chair of the task force. “I think we’re all aware of the challenges and societal problems that the existing system has created”.
The report mostly recommends that the government regulate cannabis in a similar manner as the nation does alcohol, including limiting advertisements aimed at minors.
The task force didn’t recommend any specific price range for cannabis sales, but did recommend that tax revenues go towards public education campaigns and cannabis research.
The report recommended allowing everyone 18 and older to cultivate cannabis at home, with a plant limit of four.
The task force’s full report can be found by clicking here.
According to a report released in October by Deloitte titled Recreational Marijuana: Insights and Opportunities, once cannabis is legal the industry will be worth roughly $23 billion annually, surpassing the total market for beer, wine and spirits.
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