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The Canadian Liberal Party goverment are going to introduce a law next spring to legalize recreational cannabis said the Health Minister Jane Philpott, she didnt detail who would be allowed to distribute or grow marijuana products.
“Canada has a lot of options here,” said RAND Drug Policy Research Center co-director Beau Kilmer. “You have to pay attention to what's going to happen with the regulation and the taxes. That could really shape what happens in terms of people coming in from other countries. You have to decide whether you want to allow that.”
Most major Canadian cities are within 100 miles of the U.S border, and Canada's leglization could spur the bprder states to enact their very own legislation to prevent the exodus of tourism dollars to the north.
Colorado & Washington that had legalized cannabis in 2013. have seen a uptick in tourism since then.
The states may also act as models for new legislation.
“It's nice that those experiments are there for us to see what's worked,” said Zach Walsh, a professor at the University of British Columbia in Kelowna, who studies cannabis. “We'll learn from those and I think, because we're looking at doing it federally and in a more organized way and maybe with a bit more prep time, I think we'll take what's worked from those models and make our own.”
While Canada is the USA's biggest trading partner cannabis is unlikely to become the latest product traded by two countries.
“I don't see the government legalizing the export of cannabis,” said Eugene Oscapella, an Ottawa lawyer who specializes in Canadian social policy. “Right now, it's a criminal offense punishable by life imprisonment. They don't need to change that part of the law in order to set up a legal regulatory regime in Canada.”
Marijuana is still illgal under the U.S law.
Legalizing cannabis was a massive campaign plant for Juntin Trudeau who became primeminister after his liberal party won last fall's election and although polls did show a majority of Canadians do support legalization Trueau's predecessor Stephen Harper opposed to chaning the cannabis laws and called the drug worse than tobacco.
Back in 2003 Canada's outgoing prime minister Jean Chreten had publicly questioned if cannabis should be decriminalized and the U.S response was very swift, John Walters, the director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy said that such a move would hurt the Canadian U.s trade relations.
Public opinion in both countries has now become far more accepting of legal cannabis, times have changed.
Canada faces no current U.S pressure to halt legalization but this could change dependant on the outcome of the presidential electrion. The republic front runner Donald Trump has vowed o build a wall on the Mexican borrder to deter the flow of the drugs coming into the United States and while Mexico is the biggest supplier of cannabis to the USA it hasnt stopped the polititians such as Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker from floating about the idea of building a wall along that northern border