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Canadian Bill Would Legalize Recreational Marijuana

HeadlineApr 14, 2017

Canada has taken a major step toward legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday unveiled a bill that would allow adults to possess up to one ounce of the drug, while strictly licensing and regulating growers. Among those supporting the legislation is Ralph Goodale, Canada’s minister of public safety.

Ralph Goodale: “If your objective is to protect public health and safety, and keep cannabis out of the hands of minors and stop the flow of illegal profits to organized crime, then the law, as it stands today, has been an abject failure. Police forces spend between $2 [billion] and $3 billion every year trying to deal with cannabis, yet Canadian teenagers are among the heaviest users in the Western world. And criminals pocket $7 [billion] to $8 billion in illicit proceeds. We simply have to do better.”

If the bill is approved, Canada would join Uruguay as the only nations to fully legalize recreational marijuana use.

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