Plans for the legalization of marijuana for adults in Canada have been rolled out thanks to the Cannabis Act.
And since the federal government has set a target launch date of July, 2018, there’s a prevailing question on everyone’s mind: how should the plant be sold and distributed once it’s legalized?
To weigh the pros and cons, Daily Hive took a look at what the weed-legalizing act actually means for members of the public.
The Cannabis Act
Once implemented, it will allow those aged 18 or over to to legally grow and purchase limited amounts of cannabis products, as well as being in possession of the equivalent of up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in a public place.
Products that will be allowed include; fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oil, cannabis plants, and seeds for cultivation.
Edibles made with cannabis won’t be made legally available for purchase, but you will be able to take them at home for your personal use.
All cannabis products will be produced by a federally-licensed grower and must be bought from a provincially, or federally approved seller.
Cannabis products will have to be promoted to the public in a factual form, as opposed to celebrity endorsement or appealing to youth.
It will be illegal for anyone to possess a cannabis plant that is budding or flowering, or more than four cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering.
And it will also be illegal for an organization to possess cannabis products.
Growing marijuana at home
If you grow cannabis at home, you’ll need to follow a set procedure once the new bill turns into law.
The maximum number of cannabis plants permitted to be cultivated, propagated or harvested in anyone home will be four – regardless of the number of people living there.
Unless approved by Health Canada, all cannabis plants cultivated, propagated or harvested must not be taller than 100 centimetres, not including the roots.
It will be illegal for anyone aged 18 or above to cultivate, propagate or harvest, or to offer to do so, a cannabis plant from seed or plant material known to be illicit.
Distribution of cannabis
Ontario was the first province to set up a framework detailing the ways in which it will handle the change when it comes into effect. This includes planning government-run shops and cracking down on illegal dispensaries.
Federal Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould, is now leading the conversation and discussing options for distribution and regulation. So too are members of the Community Business Organization (CCBO) — based on general marijuana consumption in Vancouver and Toronto.
You can share your thoughts on the possible options for the selling and distribution of cannabis by taking the below poll.