It appears the Trudeau government is moving to fulfill one of its high profile promises from the 2015 federal election campaign.
During a speech to the United Nations on Wednesday, Health Minister Jane Philpott Canada announced will introduce legislation in the spring of 2017 to begin the process of legalizing and regulating marijuana.
Philpott says Canada’s plan on pot “challenges the status quo in many countries,” but is convinced it is the best way to protect youth while enhancing public safety.
No other details were provided.
Her address happens to coincide with 4/20 – the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, which takes on special significance in Canada this year, with the governing Liberals having promised to legalize and regulate marijuana.
Her announcement also came on the same day as a new poll from the Angus Reid Institute that shows that 68 per cent of Canadians feel pot should be made legal, and nearly 65 per cent feel the legalization will do more good than harm in the long run.
With files from Global News