Canada to become first G7 nation to legalize marijuana: government

A girl rolls a joint during a rally in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Mexico City on October 28, 2015 (AFP Photo/Yuri Cortez) (AFP/File)

Ottawa (AFP) - Canada will next year become the first country in the G7 bloc of leading economies to legalize marijuana, the government said Friday in a speech by the governor general.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had promised the move during the recent election campaign that swept his Liberals to power, after two previous administrations failed to follow through on a similar pledge.