Highlights from the suite of bills introduced Thursday by the federal Liberal government to legalize recreational marijuana
_ Sales to be restricted to people age 18 and older, although
provinces would have the jurisdiction to increase their own minimum
_ Adults 18 and older would be allowed to publicly possess up to
30 grams of dried cannabis, or its equivalent in non-dried form.
_ Sales by mail or courier through a federally licensed producer
would be allowed in provinces that lack a regulated retail system.
_ Adults aged 18 and older would be allowed to grow up to four
cannabis plants for each residence, with plants not to exceed one
metre in height.
_ Adults aged 18 and older would also be allowed to produce legal
cannabis products, such as food or drinks, for personal use at home.
_ At first, sales will entail only fresh and dried cannabis,
cannabis oils and seeds and plants for cultivation. Sales of edibles
will come later, once regulations for production and sale can be
_ Possession, production and distribution outside the legal
system would remain illegal, as would imports or exports without a
federal permit. Such permits will cover only limited purposes, such
as medical or scientific cannabis and industrial hemp.
_ Travellers entering Canada would still be subject to
inspections for prohibited goods, including cannabis.
_ The existing program for access to medical marijuana would
continue as it currently exists.