Federal Health Minister Jane Philpott announced on April 20 that the legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada will be introduced in the spring of 2017.
Philpott said that Canada’s plan on pot is to remove marijuana consumption and incidental possession from the Criminal Code.
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“We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem,” Jane Philpott told the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on drugs on Wednesday morning.
This announcement happened to fall on the counterculture holiday devoted to smoking marijuana, 4/20.
She clarified that,
“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.”
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There have been some mixed responses toward the legislation to legalize marijuana in Canada, but people on 老域名怎么购买 were happy to wade into the debate.
Here are some of the best social reactions to the announcement.
@globalnews Huge mistake by the Liberals ! Social costs as well as mental health costs will be enormous ! Pot is a powerful drug with danger
— Greg Conlin (@GregConlin) April 20, 2016
A couple of things struck me: 1) this was announced on 4/20;
2) minister’s name is Jane Philpott – seems almost too perfect/scripted
— adam campbell (@campbelladam79) April 20, 2016
Trudeau knows how to party though. #420 https://t.co/7Nh9PlHMPl pic.twitter老域名购买/XsFLhMWKAb
— Freddie Rivas (@FreddieRivas) April 20, 2016
Canada announces legalization on #420 day. Thanks @JustinTrudeau. Well done sir.
— minor triad (@basznocz) April 20, 2016
@globalnews Doubt it , Justin won’t play that card until just before the next election.
— Tom Green (@trapman43) April 20, 2016
I’ve never touched a drug in my life, but I don’t understand why it’s taking Canada so long to legalize pot. Makes no sense to me at all.
— Franco (@francocignelli) April 20, 2016
Only in Canada would we announce a plan for marijuana legalization on #420. Love it. #cdnpoli
— David Collict (@davidcollict) April 20, 2016
Happy #420 heres the etiquette on how to smoke pot when its legalized Canada..😂🙄 #ThisArticleIsLame #SmokeHowYouWant https://t.co/zMeqo4B21t
— amelia prasad (@mealz08) April 20, 2016
Happy 420, as promised @JustinTrudeau ‘s government will introduce a law legalizing marijuana in Canada in the spring of 2017. #lol
— Lina Elidrissi (@LinaElrs) April 20, 2016
Bob Marley would be proud if he knew that Canada would legalize Marijuana by this time next year #marijuana #cdnpoli
— Democratic Socialist (@MaritimerNB) April 20, 2016
Canada will legalize pot. Our new ministers of marijuana: Cheech and Chong! #Happy420 pic.twitter老域名购买/Nl0uK3u8jR
— Brandon Tozzo (@BrandonTozzo) April 20, 2016
It’s About Time: Canada Will Legalize Marijuana In 2017 #420 | https://t.co/enhQnNVL43 | pic.twitter老域名购买/f2BKidh9te
— IX Daily (@ixdaily) April 20, 2016
On a beautiful 4/20 day, PM @JustinTrudeau announces Canada will began the pot legalization process in Spring 2017! #HappySmoking
— not ur wifey (@ShaylynnRussell) April 20, 2016