Canada Health Minister Jane Philpott speaks at a news conference in Ottawa on April 14, 2016.
Adrian Wyld—AP
April 20, 2016 3:53 PM EDT

Canada may be getting a bill to legalize marijuana as soon as next spring.

Canadian health minister Jane Philpott said Wednesday that legislation to legalize marijuana would be introduced in spring 2017. She was speaking at a United Nations special session on drugs, according to the AP, and assured the General Assembly that legalization in Canada would not adversely affect children and would help combat the effects of drug-related crime.

Philpott’s speech—which coincidentally came on a date known for marijuana culture appreciation—comes a year after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau campaigned to legalize pot in Canada.

Trudeau has previously said that Canada would analyze the experiences of American states that have made marijuana legal, like Colorado and Washington.


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