Pot legalization: Canadians need to educate themselves
Feb 16, 2018 By Matthew Friedberg
OTTAWA — The federal public safety minister says people shouldn't jump to conclusions about when they'll be able to buy marijuana legally, as a key federal bill makes its way through Parliament.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says there will be an implementation phase that takes a "short period of time" after passage of the bill legalizing recreational marijuana use.
But he isn't saying whether that means people will be able to legally smoke pot as of July, as many have come to expect.
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said this week that provinces and territories have indicated once the federal bill receives royal assent, they'll need another eight to 12 weeks to prepare for retail sales.