The announcement was made by Canada’s Health Minister Jane Philpott as United Nations General Assembly held a special session on drug use and drug-related crime in New York. “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,” said Philpott. “While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety.”
Philpott, a doctor, detailed her experiences seeing “people suffer the devastating consequences of drugs, drug-related crime, and ill-conceived drug policy.”
“Our approach to drugs must be comprehensive, collaborative and compassionate. It must respect human rights while promoting shared responsibility. And it must have a firm scientific foundation,” she said. “In Canada, we will apply these principles with regard to marijuana.”
Canada follows Uruguay as nations to legalize cannabis legally. Currently in Uruguay, citizens are allowed to cop up to 40 grams a month, or grow up to six plants in their homes. Canada is known for producing some of the dankest, most sought after trees in the world. The legalization is sure to draw tourists from all over to come and partake in a toke of some fire.