The Liberal government announced today that it plans to introduce legislation legalizing marijuana in the spring of next year.
Health Minister Jane Philpott made the announcement during a special session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
She said “We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals.” She added that “While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety.”
The announcement coincides with 4/20, the annual day of celebration for cannabis culture lovers, and received a round of applause from those in attendance.
The announcement also came on the same day a new poll showed that 68 per cent of Canadians feel pot should be made legal. The Angus Reid poll also showed that nearly 65 per cent feel the legalization will do more good than harm in the long run.
Philpott also said that Canada needs to do better when it comes to drug policy, saying the government’s approach will be rooted in scientific evidence.