— The Conservative government has ordered a full review of how it plans to implement a controversial plan to legalize recreational cannabis by the end of 2020.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday the government will review how it will proceed with the plan to introduce recreational cannabis.
The move was made by the federal minister responsible for Health and asked by a House of Commons committee on health and medical research.
“I have directed the Department of Health and Minister of Health to conduct a review of the proposed legislation, including the implementation of the rules, and its potential impact on health, the environment and the economy,” said Health Minister Jane Philpott.
The proposed bill would create a new category of recreational cannabis and allow anyone to grow their own pot at home.
It would also allow users to grow up to six plants at home and cultivate up to 15.
The bill, which has not yet been officially released, would also give legal access to recreational cannabis to anyone who is 21 or older.
Trudeau has said he will sign the bill into law by the beginning of the new year.
“Our priority is to protect Canadians’ health and the lives of those who use cannabis and who use it recreationally,” Philpot said.
“That’s why the Government is reviewing the bill so that we can ensure it delivers the benefits Canadians expect, including increased access to cannabis for those who need it.”
Under the proposed bill, recreational marijuana users would have to meet the same requirements as recreational marijuana smokers and would be allowed to grow two plants at one time, with the amount of cannabis they grow limited to three plants.
People who are convicted of cannabis possession would be able to apply for a court-issued licence to grow cannabis and to possess up to 10 grams of the drug.
Philpott says the government is committed to “comprehensively addressing” the issue of drug addiction in Canada.
She says that means focusing on the social, economic and health impacts of the issue and the potential benefits of cannabis.
Trudeau, a Liberal, has said legalizing recreational cannabis will help bring in $3 billion a year in tax revenue.