It’s St. Patrick’s Day! You know what that means, time to break out the green clothes, the green shamrocks, the green beer and the — weed?
Unfortunately, at least for another couple of months, you can’t legally bring out the weed just yet.
As the federal government proceeds forward with their plans, we are looking at July 2018 as the official legalization of recreational marijuana. The liberal government has already outlined the laws and regulations that will govern this decision at a federal level, such as setting the legal age at 18 for purchasing. However, for the most part, each province will largely be in charge of how they wish to proceed forward in their own regions.
Which is too bad really, because what a perfect addition it could have been for a holiday which celebrates solely around the colour green.
Originating in Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on the anniversary of his death. As the patron saint of the country, Saint Patrick is credited with bringing Christianity to the people of Ireland. Since the day would fall during the Christian time of Lent, prohibitions were removed in honour of the day and people would celebrate with food, dancing and drinking.
But why green?
Well as the tradition continued to grow and be celebrated on a global scale, many of the stories linked to Saint Patrick were brought to the forefront, such as the colour green. According to legend, Saint Patrick had used a shamrock and it’s three leaves as a way to explain the Holy Trinity to the people of Ireland. Despite blue being the colour that actually belonged to Saint Patrick, green is the colour that gets associated with Ireland, it’s beautiful landscape and the shamrock.
As the celebrations moved to places like America, and the day became more commercialized, concepts such as green beer came to fruition. Now the day is largely used a time to go out and have fun, regardless if you’re from Ireland or not.
So, even though this would have been a prime opportunity, we’re going to have to hold off on the marijuana, at least for a little while longer. It’s not like anyone is going to have difficulties having fun today regardless.
For more information on what marijuana legalization is going to look like in your province, CTV News has helpfully outlined all your need-to-knows right here.