Justin Trudeau finally unveils Canada's pot legislation

"In many cases, it is easier for our kids to buy cannabis than cigarettes".

"How much is legalization going to cost?" he said.

Bill Blair, the ex-Toronto police chief turned Liberal MP, said the objective is not to promote the use of pot, but to allow its safe, socially responsible use through the mechanism of legislation and strict regulation.

Here are five things to know about Canada's proposed marijuana policy, which officials hope to have in place by July 2018.

Ottawa will regulate production, including licensing producers and ensuring the safety of the country's marijuana supply, and the Canadian provinces will decide how the drug will be distributed and sold.

Canada has been in "very close touch" with the US on the issue, said Goodale, but he had little to say about Canadians who might fear trouble from American border guards when travelling south. Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne said previous year she wouldn't rule out the sale of marijuana at the popular Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) stores.

Zandberg says he views the recommendations, which include setting the national minimum age at 18, but give the right to province to harmonize it with alcohol age minimums, allow provinces to determine distribution but allow mail order nationally, and restrict advertising and promotion in a way that is similar to tobacco, are generally favorable.

"We don't really have a way of monitoring or at least of detecting people who are driving on the roads who may be impaired by marijuana", the province's justice minister, Gordon Wyant, told reporters this week.

Under the proposed legislation, adults could possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis and grow up to four plants per residence.

With an eye on cross-border legal issues, the new law will allow visitors to Canada to consume marijuana.

Teens and minors under the age of 18, would be prohibited from having or buying marijuana. The marijuana task force led by former Liberal justice minister Anne McLellan had acknowledged provinces and territories would likely harmonize it with the age limit they now have in place for alcohol and tobacco. Those who are under the influence of marijuana, he said, are still drastically less impaired than they would be under the effect of legal quantities of alcohol.

"I think it's a very good first beginning - little high level at this point in time and a lot of blanks to be filled in", Neufeld said.

"We want to make it more hard for kids to access marijuana".

Reports suggest that Canada has the highest number of marijuana consumers in the world. Despite about $2-6 billion spent by the Canadian police to deal with marijuana use, Canadian teens are among "the heaviest users in the Western world", Goodale said.

Trafficking outside the new regime would continue to be illegal and punishable by up to 14 years in prison, as would selling cannabis to youths, driving under its influence, and importing or exporting pot.

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