CBC News is reporting that the Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize cannabis in Canada by July 1, 2018.
The legislation is expected to follow the recommendations of the federal task force that was chaired by former Liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.
While the federal government will be in charge of licensing producers, Ottawa is handing sales to the provincial governments. As well, while Ottawa is setting a minimum age of 18 to buy cannabis, the provinces will have the option of setting a higher age limit if they so choose.
Provinces will also have the options of setting prices and determining how cannabis is to be distributed.
For Canadians wishing to grow their own cannabis, the Liberal government will permit 4 cannabis plants per household.
The Liberals are expected to announce the legalization legislation the week of April 10.