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Canada task force to study marijuana legalization

Canada is launching a task force to study the regulation of recreational marijuana ahead of a legalization measure the government plans to send to parliament in the Spring of 2007.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised to legalize the drug during his 2015 campaign.

Canada's Minister of Justice Jody Wilson-Raybould, said Thursday that the task force will help devise a system regulating marijuana production, distribution and sales.

Anne McLellan, who will chair the task force, said they will be consulting with provincial and municipal governments as well as with U.S. states like Colorado and Washington, where recreational marijuana is legal.

The government will also hold an online public consultation that will be open until the end of August.