Recreational Marijuana in Canada
Despite all these challenges, suppliers are optimistic that legal recreational marijuana sales will be a reality by summer.
Legal Recreational Marijuana Trade is currently is in progress by Supreme Pharmaceuticals. However, Canada’s government still have a lot of things to consider.
Proposing legislation to legalize the recreational marijuana was the easy part of our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (with only 8 months to go) before Canada becomes the second nation to take this huge step, next to Uruguay.
Drivers in Ottawa has still its limit which will be declared impaired under the criminal law and determine the rules for advertising and standards for marijuana growers.
Alberta, Ontario and New Brunswick the only 3 provinces that offered an idea of how they will operate and regulate their marijuana markets and consumers. The other 7 provinces are still in midst of public consultations.
Two of the most important concerns of consumers are:
1. How much would it cost for the legal product?
2. How much tax for each legal product?
These questions are still on the debate by two levels of government.
It is unclear whether weed can only be sold in government-run stores. There’s a lot of factors which is still uncertain.
Minimum age hasn’t been decided yet by most of the provincial governments.
When is the precise start date for legal pot?
Nah, that’s the biggest mystery here!
Police forces are warning everyone that successful inauguration of legalization for selling marijuana will require a crackdown on the black market.
For Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada, enacting a law to legalize marijuana was the easy part. Working out the details of a marijuana marketplace has proved far more complicated. Credit Chris Wattie/Reuters
“I 100 percent think Canada will be ready,” said John Fowler, the chief executive of Supreme, which has been selling medical marijuana since 2016. “But I think the real question is: What does ‘ready’ mean?”
The answer, Mr. Fowler said, will be managing expectations in the early days.
“Canadians should not expect that on Day 1, the legal market is going to supply the billions of dollars of illegal cannabis being consumed in Canada,” he said in his windowless office at the greenhouse complex near the shore of Lake Huron where employees work in disposable suits and hairnets to avoid contaminating the multimillion-dollar crop. “That will take time, and I think that’s fine.”
Investors are betting there is money to be made on legal marijuana despite uncertainties.
Many Provincial Leaders says Mr. Justin Trudeau’s timetable for legalization by July is unrealistic and demanded delays.
In a statement, Brad Wall, the premier of Saskatchewan, said that he and several of his counterparts believed a postponement was needed to deal with all the questions.
“Despite these concerns, the federal government has not changed its timetable,” Mr. Wall said.
Brian Pallister, the premier of Manitoba, said that his province is reluctantly working to meet the federal government’s schedule.
“That doesn’t mean I like it,” he said. “I’m going to continue to express my concerns about the rapidity of this change.”
However, Bill Blair, former police chief of Toronto, CA and a liberal member of Parliament tasked by Mr. Trudeau in regards to overseeing the marijuana issue, says The government will stick with its plan.
He dismissed suggestions that the processed was rushed, noting that the federal government had been discussing the following issue for two years.
“I don’t minimize the complexity of the work ahead,” Mr. Blair said on Friday. “But by establishing a date for implementation, it’s focused the process.” Further delay, he added, “just facilitates vast windfalls of profit to criminal enterprises.”
In Alberta, weed will start in the market for legal recreational marijuana market, privately owned shops which only can be purchased by 18 years old and above. However, in Ontario which has 13.6 million spanning with two time zones, will set up 150 government-owned stores which they allow 19 years old and above only
The government learned their lessons on cigarettes in which high taxes intended to discourage smoking which leads on creating black market under their noses. This time they have to undergo a lot of meetings and a lot of consideration before implementing tax revenues.
A high number of police officers demands a delay. On the other side, the new law will allow the police to use saliva tests to identify marijuana-impaired drivers. Little equipment to conduct the tests is now in the field, and few officers have been trained in its use.
“Are we going to be ready?” asked Mario Harel, the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police and the head of the force in Gatineau, Quebec. “We don’t think so. We’re dealing with a lot of situations so we’re going to be doing our best to be as ready as possible.”
Robert Mann, a scientist at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health who studies cannabis use, said the tests have proved valid in other countries, although he acknowledged that marijuana’s active ingredient was not as easily measured as alcohol.
His larger concern, he said, is changing public opinion about whether it is safe to drive under the influence of marijuana.
“There’s quite a common perception that you can drive safely under the influence of cannabis,” Dr. Mann said, adding that this view is based in part on now-refuted research from about 20 years ago. “It took quite a while for people’s attitudes about drinking and driving to change.”
Black Market sales faced by the authorized after Mr. Trudeau’s announced the legalization of marijuana.
In Vancouver, where most numerous, officials try to keep everything under control. In other areas, specifically Quebec the police have the move swiftly to close them down. Even after receiving Mr. Trudeau’s warning that the stores are illegal and will not be part of the new recreational marijuana market.
President of Tilray, Mr. Brendan Kennedy. A licensed medical marijuana producer said that the experience of American states with legalization suggested that the stores will quickly wither away in the face of a legal alternative — provided that “there are adequate supply and adequate locations of legal products.”
Although, Police Chief Mr. Harel believes that only less on the black market will vanish soon once legalization is implemented.
“We figure it’s an $8 billion-a-year economy,” he said of illegal marijuana sales. Legalization, he added, will change the dynamics of the black market. “But we don’t think it will fade away.”