Looks like our neighbors up north are turning over a new leaf, eh? Sorry. In a move considered to be "way chill" by stoners all over the world, Canada's government is introducing legislation that would make it the first G7 nation to legalize marijuana. For those unaware of the term, G7 is not a fast car, nor the much-anticipated sequel to Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, but rather a group of seven countries organized to facilitate economic cooperation. They include France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, the United States, and -- of course -- Canada.
Confusingly hunky Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced that he will be following through on his campaign promise to legalize pot across the land. In Trudeau’s mandate letter to Canada's Justice Minister, Jody Wilson-Raybould’s, he included a provision saying that the justice minister should work to “create a federal-provincial-territorial process that will lead to the legalization and regulation of marijuana." Along with Trudeau's fight to legalize weed, his major priorities for the Canadian government also include "physician-assisted death [and] inquiries into murdered and missing indigenous women."
Like America, Canada's current rules on weed are a bit shaky, whereas residents are "allowed to use medical marijuana in dried and edible forms on condition they do not smoke it." Not that you can't get high without smoking, but come on.
Of the G7 nations in the brood, Japan's laws on marijuana are -- by far -- the most strict, in which the "use and possession are punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine. Cultivation, sale, and transport are punishable by up to 7 or 10 years imprisonment and a fine." Damn, Japan. You're as cold as ice!
There's no set time yet as to when weed will be fully legal, but Colorado’s director of the Marijuana Enforcement Division had these vaguely helpful words on the subject for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that: “It’s going to be a lot harder to implement than you think. It’s going to take a lot longer to do it. And it’s going to cost more than you think."
Thanks for the support, sucks to suck. Anyway, here's the Canadian nation anthem.
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Jeremy Glass is a writer for Thrillist and just found, yet another, reason to move to Canada.