5 Ways Canadians May Soon Be Able to Buy Recreational Marijuana

5 Ways Canadians May Soon Be Able to Buy Recreational Marijuana

Canadians are getting ready for it: buying and selling weed will be a lot like purchasing cigarettes and beer.

Legalizing pot for recreational use is a hot topic. Some people love it and others, as we know, hate it like hot mustard spilled on a new dress.

For its part, Canada (for the moment) seems to have decided that you can always try stain remover, or go and buy another new gown on credit.

The country is taking steps towards legalizing marijuana, and is introducing new legislation this Thursday that will frame how the change will take place.

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Sources say that Canadians will likely be waiting until next year for the new laws to come into effect.

Here’s what’s in the works. Last year, the country’s government appointed a task force to study exactly how pot could be legalized, and it came up with these 5 recommendations.

Here are 5 ways Canadians may soon be able to buy and use recreational pot:

1) If They’re Over the Minimum Age of 18

Recreational marijuana may be legalized in Canada next year.

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Just like buying cigarettes, only people over the age of 18 will be allowed to buy marijuana. The task force recommended this age for the entire country, but stipulated that it could be left up to each province and territory to decide specifically where they want the cut off to be.

It’s argued that making the legal age to purchase weed the same as that for alcohol-19 years of age- will make things straightforward for buyers.

2) By Growing Only Four Plants per Person

Recreational marijuana may be legalized in Canada next year.

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If the laws go into effect, Canadians will be allowed to grow 4 plants of weed per person. That’s the limit.

So in essence, you could grow marijuana for your own use with a bit extra to spare, but if you wanted to ‘go big’, you’d have to become an official business.

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Why? It’s all similar to the limits currently set in place for growing tobacco.

3) By Finding Out About It Themselves

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In Canada, tobacco companies are pretty much banned from running commercials on TV, having billboard advertisements or running ads in most magazines.

Tobacco companies can’t promote their products in ways that “are associated with young persons or could be construed on reasonable grounds to be appealing to young persons; or…(are) associated with a way of life such as one that includes glamour, recreation, excitement, vitality, risk or daring.”

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And cigarettes are hidden under covers at convenience stores, so you can’t see them.

When it comes to marijuana, the same type of rules would be in place around promotion and sales. So, if you want to find it- it’s there. But you’ll have to ask.

4) By Buying From Storefront and Mail-Order Sales

Recreational marijuana may be legalized in Canada next year.

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Interested buyers could obtain their pot via storefront sales and mail order purchases, just like buying chips, eggs and milk.

5) And Getting It Through Other Legitimate Sellers

The government says that, if it legalizes recreational marijuana sales it also plans to take steps to make it harder for young Canadians to buy weed.

Part of this would be done by somehow keeping the proceeds of marijuana away from organized crime.

If the legalization of recreational marijuana sales and use does take place in Canada, it would be across the whole country, at a federal level.

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