Changing Marijuana Laws

The legalization and strict regulation of cannabis (marijuana) is a serious and complex matter that will take time.

There are public health and safety risks associated with marijuana use, including its effects on the mental development of young people and illicit profits that support criminal organizations. There may be further health risks from illegally supplied marijuana products that are untested and unregulated. The Government of Canada will design a system of strict production, distribution and sales of marijuana, in order to:

  • Better protect health and enhance public safety by regulating access to marijuana for non-medical purposes;
  • Make it less profitable for illicit drug dealers and organized crime groups to stay in the marijuana business; and
  • Keep it out of the hands of youth.

Protecting Young People

A new regulatory framework will also better protect the health of Canadians and enhance public safety by making it less profitable for illicit drug dealers and growers to stay in the cannabis business and making it less accessible to young people.

Drug Impaired Driving

The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that those who drive while impaired by drugs, including marijuana, will be subject to stronger laws and is examining ways to improve the ability to detect and prosecute drug impaired driving.

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