Marijuana Reform Process Not Just a U.S. Thing:
Marijuana reform is in full swing across the U.S. and legal marijuana has already developed into a billion dollar industry. More states are expected to have marijuana legalization initiatives on the 2016 ballot. The reform process is gaining momentum and it is not only happening in the U.S. The U.S. has a neighboring country in Canada that is working on big time marijuana reform as well. Marijuana could soon be made legal throughout Canada with sweeping change. The new Canadian Minister may be the catalyst for this change.
Canadian Prime Minister an Advocate of Marijuana Reform:
Canada has been in the spotlight in the marijuana reform world due, in part, to the newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Prior to his election, he ran on a platform of marijuana reform for the country. Trudeau believes that marijuana should be legalized for recreational use throughout Canada. The voters supported his platform and elected him the new Prime Minister. Since being elected, Trudeau has taken action to initiate the marijuana reform process in Canada.
Trudeau specifically penned a letter to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada which said, “Working with the Ministers of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and Health, create a federal-provincial territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana.” Prime Minister Trudeau made it a point to make this directive one of his first upon taking over the job as Prime Minster and so he appears to be a man of his word. As a result, Canada is one step closer to full fledged marijuana legalization.
Recent Marijuana Reform News in Canada:
Despite the directive from Prime Minister Trudeau which is focused on the legalization and regulation of marijuana in Canada, the federal government is still cracking down on marijuana businesses. Police gave out warnings to multiple marijuana shops telling them to cease activity or they will be shut down for good. So, although medical marijuana is currently allowed, unlicensed shop owners are not permitted to sell it. All marijuana shops in Canada must comply with Canada’s Controlled Drugs and Substance Act. Right now, marijuana is still listed as a controlled drug. Police have already raided shops in many areas throughout the country. The general message here is that until current marijuana laws change in Canada, the unlicensed possession, production, and trafficking of marijuana, even medical marijuana, remains illegal according to the Ministry of Public Safety.