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Trudeau Lays Out His Plan to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

  • Canadian government bills punt key details to provinces
  • Activists decry ‘stock-market pot’ amid continued enforcement
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Canada is advancing plans to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize recreational marijuana nationally, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is keeping key details hazy and allowing arrests to continue while parliament debates his plan.

Trudeau’s justice minister introduced proposed laws Thursday in the Ottawa legislature that set a minimum consumption age of 18, with individual provinces allowed to raise it as they see fit. Rules on retail sales will also be left to the provinces, with the government targeting legalization by July 2018 for a market analysts estimate to reach C$6 billion ($4.5 billion) by 2021.