LOOKING AT THE FUTURE OF MARIJUANA IN CANADA
2018 has certainly been a unique year for our neighbor to the north. Since October 17, Canada has become the epicenter of a media firestorm after fully legalizing recreational and medical pot and has achieved what other countries have thought to be impossible. Besides a few data breaches and the occasional product depletion, though, our friends have somehow pulled together a pot industry that is projected to bring in billions of dollars. Now a leader in marijuana exports and pharmaceuticals, Canada has managed to tighten its grip by keeping the public safe and providing much-needed medical relief for patients. So, what can we expect for 2019? Let’s take a closer look at the future of marijuana in Canada.
Another Round of Legalization
By 2019, amendments to the Cannabis Act will allow Canadians to purchase edibles, extracts, and topicals (items that have previously been difficult to obtain). Officials have projected these items to be released around the 1st anniversary of marijuana legalization in the country. However, the first draft of these new regulations does emphasize restrictions for THC content and additives (for edibles and extracts) and provide standards for labels, packaging, and the marketing process.
More Marijuana to Come
In a December interview with the Canadian Press, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed his frustration with the recent product depletion in his country and how these shortages have continued well past the legalization date. As a result, stores in Quebec can only open from Thursday into Sunday, and outlets in Alberta are still waiting for their licenses. However, Prime Minister Trudeau has reassured the public that this problem will be taken care of.
Pardons for Marijuana-Related Crimes
Back in October, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and the Liberal government announced that they would start waiving fees and pardoning minor marijuana-related crimes (which took place before legalization). While this is certainly a big step for Canada, some legal officials are fighting for full-scale expungement (wiping away the records completely). Officials like Annamaria Enenajor (director of Cannabis Advocacy) are fighting for the total deletion of these records.
Seeking Treatment for Marijuana Use Disorder
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The time for you to take back control of your life is now. If you are interested in one of our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how to overcome your drug abuse or addiction troubles today.