Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

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Canada Proposes Federal Pot Excise Tax, Provinces React With Caution

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Canada is proposing a federal excise tax on marijuana to help ease the path to legalizing the drug, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday, drawing a cautious response from provinces that would oversee the process.

Trudeau’s Liberal government plans to make recreational pot legal by mid-2018. Responsibility for sales lies with the 10 provinces, which complain they will face increased costs to set up distribution networks and boost policing.

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