Health Minister Sarah Philpott’s timing is impeccable.
The Liberal cabinet member announced this morning that Canada will be introducing legislation to legalize marijuana in the spring of 2017, on a day recognized as a celebration of the drug.
Philpott told a United Nations conference in New York that legalization would “keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals.”
The Liberal Party promised to legalize pot in their election platform. The proposed legislation isn’t meeting well with some other jurisdictions though, as legalization would violate three previous international agreements that Canada is a party to.
The conference that Philpott is attending is a three-day event meant to foster discussion over the global war on drugs.
The health minister noted that the government will be working with law enforcement to “encourage appropriate and proportional” measures when it comes to criminal justice.
“We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem.”