Denies it will be July 1st.
Justin Trudeau is hedging on when exactly marijuana will be legalized.
While the government had repeatedly said it would happen by July 1st 2018, Trudeau now says it will happen “next summer.”
As reported by the CP, Trudeau said the date “would not be July 1,” but that it would be “for next summer.” The date will not be July 1, I can assure you of that,” Trudeau said. “I don’t know where that date came from.”
The report also notes that “A statement issued by the Health Department last month said, “as previously indicated, the government of Canada intends to bring the proposed Cannabis Act into force no later than July 2018.”’
At this point, Trudeau hasn’t made it clear whether it will happen before the July 1st date, or whether the government will push it back.
Polls have shown Canadians divided on Trudeau’s promise to legalize marijuana, with concerns growing as implementation of the policy change becomes more tangible, rather than an abstract campaign pledge.
Provinces are also raising concerns about their role in managing the change.