Today, hunky Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau introduced legislation to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Cannabis in Canada
The legalization of marijuana was one of Trudeau’s campaign promises back when he was running for office. He pledged to get started on the process “right away,” but warned that it could take years to go into effect. The promise gained him a huge section of the youth vote, and today it looks like he delivered.
Canada already had medicinal marijuana, but this new legislation opens up the laws to allow recreational use.
There will still be some restrictions. Under the proposed law, Canadians will have to be at least 18 to buy weed and will be prohibited from carrying more than 30 grams at one time. People will be allowed to grow their own plants, too, with a limit of four per household.
Canada’s government still has to work out the details, like how much to tax, how to develop a test for stoned driving to prosecute marijuana DUIs and how to regulate the sale of the drug. Individual provinces will develop their own laws as well.
The New York Times writes:
Many nations have either decriminalized marijuana, allowed it to be prescribed medically or effectively stopped enforcing laws against it. But when Mr. Trudeau’s bill passes as expected, Canada will become only the second nation, after Uruguay, to completely legalize marijuana as a consumer product.
Meanwhile, in America…
Recreational marijuana use is legal in eight U.S. states, but the substance is still illegal by federal law. This patchwork of different laws puts users and growers in danger of prosecution.
And our federal government doesn’t look like it’s ready to legalize pot any time soon. Attorney General Jeff Sessions denounced the sale of marijuana and was surprised by the fierce backlash that hit him in response. “I don’t think America’s going to be a better place if they sell marijuana at every corner grocery store,” he said. (We beg to differ.)
So now Canada has a leader with a great ass and legal weed, and America has neither. We admit, we’re jealous.
(Header image via Alex Guibord)