Harper to sign two bills to increase marijuana regulation

NEW YORK — Canada will sign a bill that will allow cannabis retailers to sell the drug in its traditional form, a move the Harper government says will benefit both patients and society.

In a statement Tuesday, the government said it expects to sign the bill by the end of the week.

Under the bill, cannabis retail stores would be permitted to sell to licensed cannabis patients, with a limit of 20 per cent of sales for medicinal purposes.

The bill also allows the sale of up to 10 grams of cannabis per person, and up to 15 grams of dried cannabis per household.

The bill also authorizes the Minister of Health to establish regulations and policies for the sale and possession of cannabis.

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