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.

Canada's Governor General David Johnston (R) chats with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the delivery of the Speech from the Throne in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Canada’s Governor General David Johnston (R) chats with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau ahead of the delivery of the Speech from the Throne in the Senate chamber on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Canada December 4, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

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