Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau proudly announced a while ago, would become the first advanced industrialized nation to legalize and regulate marijuana from consumption to production by July 2018. But it is now starting to look like setting an exact launch is going to be a bit harder.
Provinces and municipalities are having to answer questions as to where it would be sold, where it could be smoked and even how it can be kept.
Mr Bill Blair, the Liberal Party’s point man on the issue, admitted that several things still need sorting before all is well in the land of the maple leaf: "I think when we say we want to begin in July 2018, that's as particular as I get."
"I think ideally we'd be ready before the beginning of July, but again, there's a lot of things to be taken into account."
Furthermore, Mr Blair stated that setting the exact date is more something for the ministers of justice and health and added that the issue is "a little bit above my pay grade to determine a precise date of implementation."
Besides, bills still need to be passed and signed through the cabinet before Canadians can light up their joints legally. The House of Commons and the Senate need to pass the legalization legislation, and even then the new law won't take effect immediately.
On top of that, the various provinces and territories of Canada all have to pass laws and set regulations of their own. Ontario, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Alberta can’t wait to roll papers and light one up, having all announced their respectable pot plans. But a lot of other provinces are stuck in the consulting and strategizing phase and for them, laws still need to be drafted.
In all, looks like that July 2018 might be a hope rather than a reality at the moment.