Trudeau to Legalize Marijuana by July 2018, CBC Reports

  • Ruling Liberals will introduce legislation week of April 10
  • Move follows task force recommendations, campaign pledge

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will introduce legislation to legalize marijuana by July 1, 2018, according to a report from CBC News, a move that follows through on one of his Liberal Party’s campaign pledges.

The ruling Liberal government will introduce its marijuana legislation during the week of April 10, CBC said, without mentioning where it got the information. Lawmaker Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief leading Trudeau’s legalization effort, had previously said the government would introduce a bill this spring.

The federal government, which is following the recommendations of a government-appointed task force, will ensure the marijuana supply is "safe and secure," while Canada’s provinces will be allowed to determine how it is distributed and sold, according to CBC News. Ottawa will set a minimum purchasing age of 18 -- in line with Trudeau’s comments that the legal age to purchase marijuana should be the same as alcohol -- while the provinces could set a higher age, the report said.

Canadians who want to grow their own marijuana at home would be limited to four plants per household, CBC News said.

Canaccord Genuity Group Inc. analysts Matt Bottomley and Neil Maruoka said in a November note that Canada’s recreational marijuana sector could reach C$6 billion ($4.5 billion) in sales by 2021, if the process is legalized along "expected timelines."