Our country continues to march toward legalizing marijuana sales. The Federal government is eyeing legislation for 2017 and part of the process is a fact finding mission by a “Pot Task Force” to make some recommendation to our Members of Parliament.
Today they released the results of their study. They will recommend to Parliament that marijuana be legal to people 18 years of age and older. That we should be able to have up to 30 grams in our personal possession. And marijuana should not be sold in liquor store or where tobacco is sold.
The report said that Provinces and Territories should ultimately be given the say on how they want marijuana sold. The report also prefers single purpose “pot shops” whether they be government monopoly of free market.
"(The Pot Task Force) heard strong support for prohibiting the co-location of cannabis sales with either alcohol or tobacco. Given the wide use and availability of liquor stores, concerns were raised about product promotion and exposing a larger population to cannabis products should sales be co-located, as well as the impact on cannabis consumers who are trying to avoid alcohol. Many also noted that this approach could help mitigate co-use, given what we heard about the risks of co-use on health and, with alcohol, the exponential effect on impairment. In all of the U.S. states that have legalized cannabis, there is a ban on the co-location of sales of cannabis and alcohol."
Now this report is just that, a report for our elected officials to consider when making the laws. Marijuana is still illegal and the report even says that the laws should be enforced until it is legalized.
You can read the report here: The Framework For The Legalization and Regulation for Cannabis in Canada