Canada—our chill northern neighbor that invented basketball and gave us every sort of beloved artist, from Neil Young to Rachel McAdams—is getting even cooler, as the country is set to become the first G7 nation to fully legalize recreational marijuana.
In a speech yesterday, Governor General David Johnston announced that Canada would be introducting legislation to “regulate and restrict access” to marijuana. This is not a left-field surprise to Canadian residents, as recently elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had pledged just as much in his campaign. It’s just always nice to hear a government reaffirm that they intend to make good on their promise.
To the world, though, this is a huge step toward a much more lax global approach to marijuana. Considered the major economies by the International Monetary Fund, the G7 includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States. One of them leading the charge means other countries may follow suit, if the results prove to be what Canada is hoping.