Proposed rules for rec MJ in Canada due Wednesday

A Canadian task force will deliver a report Wednesday to the cabinet of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on which rules should govern the country’s proposed adult-use cannabis marketplace.

The report, by a nine-person group, is expected to address issues such as where marijuana will be sold, keeping profits away from organized crime and ensuring patients will continue to have access to medical cannabis, the Globe and Mail reported.

The government of Trudeau has said it will introduce legalization legislation in spring 2017 for recreational marijuana. Medicinal cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2001.

Task force chair Anne McLellan, a lawyer and former federal cabinet minister, said some members of her group have been in contact with officials from Uruguay, which in 2013 became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana sales, while other members traveled to Colorado and Washington State to learn about adult-use legalization experiences in those states.

The task force received about 30,000 recommendations and comments about rules for the legalized cannabis program.

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