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Canada Is About To Have Legal Recreational Marijuana

Canada Is About To Have Legal Recreational Marijuana
The country is set to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17, and preparations include retraining police and making people aware of potential travel bans.

Canada is getting ready to legalize recreational marijuana.

On October 17, it will be legal for adults in Canada to possess, buy, use and grow cannabis. But each province and territory is allowed to set its own rules around marijuana, so the minimum age to buy, the types of marijuana available and how much people are allowed to have will vary. 

One concern with the new law is people driving while high. 

The government official who's overseeing legalization says the country's police officers have been given the "training, tools and technology to actually detect and deter" impaired drivers.  

Canada approved the use of roadside screening device to test for THC, one of the main ingredients in marijuana. And the government earmarked about $62 million to help police prepare, including training more officers to recognize drivers who've used drugs. 

But the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police says not enough officers have been trained. The goal was 2,000 trained drug recognition experts, but a Canadian news outlet reports only about 880 officers are trained and ready to go. 

For anyone in the U.S. wanting to pop up to Canada to enjoy the new recreational marijuana law, be aware that bringing pot into or out of the country will still be illegal. And U.S. border patrol will be on the lookout and people will reportedly be barred from entering the U.S. if they admit to pot use.