Trudeau: Canadian Cannabis Legalization Arriving ‘Next Summer,’ Not July 1

Justin Trudeau Says Canadian Cannabis Legalization Arriving 'Next Summer,' Not July 1

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Recreational cannabis stakeholders have been waiting for Canadian cannabis legalization with bated breath, expecting that day to be July 1, 2018; however, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has recently cast doubt on the exact date of implementation.

On Dec. 19, 2017, TVA, a French Canadian television network, aired excerpts from Pierre Bruneau’s interview with Trudeau. Bruneau asked Trudeau why July 1 has been heavily touted as the day for Canadian cannabis legalization.

“The date will not be July 1, I can assure you of that,” Trudeau said. “I don’t know where that date came from.” Trudeau clarified that while it “would not be July 1,” it would still roll out “for next summer.”

Summer starts on June 21, 2018, in Canada, and ends on Sept. 22, which would widen the window for Trudeau’s revised promise of implementing Canadian cannabis legalization “next summer.”

According to Cameron Ahmad, a spokesperson with the Prime Minister’s Office, as reported by the Canadian Press, “[Trudeau] wanted to explain that it wasn’t a fixed date in itself, but it was the date envisioned.”

Ahmad added, “It could very well occur before, depending on the (parliamentary) process. … The prime minister said nothing to actually suggest the timetable would be pushed back. He simply clarified the nature of the date.”

While the exact date may be uncertain, an announcement regarding the original legislation legalizing recreational cannabis states, “Subject to Parliamentary approval and Royal Assent, the Government of Canada intends to provide regulated and restricted access to cannabis no later than July 2018.”

Bruneau’s full interview with Trudeau will air tonight, Dec. 20.

Caroline Cahill was the Managing Editor of MJINews from June 2014 through February 2018. She earned her BA in Communications from College of Charleston and her MFA in Creative Writing from Virginia Commonwealth University. You can follow her on Twitter @CtheresaC.

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