Canada has confirmed it's legalising cannabis


Cannabis will soon be legal in Canada after the country's health minister confirmed recreational use will be decriminalised and regulated by spring 2017.

Speaking at the special session on the global drugs policy at the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, Jane Philpott said Canada will ensure marijuana is kept out of the hands of children and criminals will no longer be able to profit from its sale.

Jane Philpott speaks

Philpott said: "Canada will continue to modernise our approach to drug policy. Building on our successes, such as Insite, our work will embrace upstream prevention, compassionate treatment, and harm reduction.

"We will work with law enforcement partners to encourage appropriate and proportionate criminal justice measures. We know it is impossible to arrest our way out of this problem."

She added: "While this plan challenges the status quo in many countries, we are convinced it is the best way to protect our youth while enhancing public safety."

A joint

Canada's prime minister Justin Trudeau promised to legalise cannabis during his election campaign last year, although didn't mention a time frame in which it was to happen.

It's worth noting the drug is already legal in the country for medicinal purposes.