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Canada Set to be First G8 Nation to Legalize Marijuana

Canada Set to be First G8 Nation to Legalize Marijuana

Canada is slated to go where no G8 Nation has gone before; legalizing marijuana entirely, from coast to coast.

G8 Nations have had an off-and-on relationship regarding weed, with the United States’ recent semi-acceptance being the most prominent case. Policies vary in America from state to state, with some legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, others legalizing it across the board, and the majority keeping it as an illegal recreational drug. However, on a federal level, weed is still off limits – making American, technically, an anti-marijuana country.

But Canada Isn’t About to Sit on the Fence

Canada’s Liberal party, in the most recent election, made the legalization of marijuana a large part of their agenda. In 2015, shortly after election, Governor-General David Johnson made it clear they still intended to keep their word. Quoted from Canadian Global News, Johnson stated: “The Government will introduce legislation that… will legalize, regulate and restrict access to marijuana.”

What is Canada’s Current Marijuana Policy?

Canada has been working to legalize marijuana for some time. The Conservative party made election promises over the last decade, and now the Liberal party is as well. However, while that plan wasn’t put in effect as quickly as everyone would have hoped, as is typical for most election promises, it seems ground is being gained.

According to Global News, while it is illegal to smoke weed, Canadian citizens are still able to get medical marijuana prescribed to them from the doctor, with little or no regulation.  Here is what to expect from the the legalization process.

All that considered, as far as the average weed-smoker is concerned, it can essentially be seen as legal. Unless someone is very unintelligent and smokes it in broad daylight, perhaps in front of a police station, the odds of encountering legal punishment are near non-existent.

How Would Legalizing Weed Affect Canada?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau came out with his stance on the matter, stating that it would help the government combat crime. As has been displayed in history time and time again, when people want something the government says they can’t have, it’s a breeding ground for lowlifes to step in and escalate the issue. Trudeau also referenced how crime stats dropped in Colorado and Washington once marijuana was legalized.

Verdict

In the strictest sense, weed is not yet legal in Canada. However, medical use of it has been legalized, in ways that simply do not exist in other G8 countries. With a willingness from the public as well as the government, making recreational use of the drug legal is in the very near future.

Marijuana Laws Around the World

So in the United States, there are so many issues with marijuana being legalized? This is why some states it is illegal completely, other states have it legal, only in the medical sense, and other states, like Colorado, have it completely legalized. What about the rest of the world? What are their laws on marijuana? Well, here I am going to tell you about some of them.

Australia

It is legal for medical and scientific reasons. Any persons in the Australian Capital and Northern Territory can legally grow one or two non-hydroponic plants for personal use. They may be grown on their own property. In the Northern Territory instead of being charged as a criminal, they will give you 28 days jail time, and a $200 fine. In Australia hydroponically grown cannabis is considered commercial quantity, but legal to grow non-hydroponic cannabis is certain areas. Their laws change state to state just like the United States.

Canada

Jane Philpott, the Health Minister of Canada announced that in the spring of 2018 a new legislation on marijuana to be regulated and legalized. At the moment it is used for medical purposes, and again just like the United States laws differ from province to province.

France

Anything having to do with cannabis in France and 100% illegal. You cannot grow, own or even consume marijuana in France. However, in June of 2013, they allow the sale of medications that include cannabis derivatives.

Germany

Is allowed to be used for medical purposes in Germany, but the recreational use of marijuana is legal, but considered as self-harm and not considered a crime. It is only legal to those with a prescription or if you have permission from the “Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices”.

Italy

The use of marijuana in Italy is usually decriminalized when it is a legal medical use and/or for religious use. Obtaining small amounts of marijuana for personal use is only a misdemeanor and can end in fine and suspension of passport or driver’s license. If you sell marijuana, it is illegal and is likely for you to end up in prison. Medical and industrial use of marijuana is strategically watched and regulated!

Japan

Marijuana is strictly illegal in Japan. It has been restricted since 1948. They have very strict laws on marijuana as possession and use can get you up to five years in prison. Transport, cultivation, and sale get you from seven to ten years, plus a hefty fine. Bottom line, don’t get caught with anything marijuana in Japan.

There are a lot of countries all over the world that still have the use, sale, transport, and cultivation of marijuana illegal. These were just a few that have a few different standards on the laws of marijuana in their territories. Here are a few places the use of marijuana at all is still completely illegal:

  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Romania
  • New Zealand
  • Malaysia
  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Iceland
  • Hong Kong

These were just a few that is completely illegal, and some could even result in the death penalty if caught with marijuana. This was just to tell you some of the many marijuana laws around the world today.