Canada eyes plan to legalize marijuana by 2018

Canada eyes plan to legalize marijuana by 2018

(CNN) Will Canada be known for another kind of leaf — other than its iconic maple?

On Thursday, the Canadian government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled its plans to legalize recreational marijuana.

If the Cannabis Act passes Parliament, Canada would become the second nation in the world, after Uruguay, to regulate a legal marijuana market.
The government’s new policy had been expected for some time as Trudeau had endorsed legalizing marijuana on the campaign trail.
“It’s too easy for our kids to get marijuana. We’re going to change that,” according to a tweet from his official account.
Here are five things to know about Canada’s proposed marijuana policy, which officials hope to have in place by July 2018.