Ottawa to release long-awaited marijuana legislation today

The federal government takes the raps off its long-awaited marijuana legislation today -- and it could affect everything from Canadian culture and health to border security, road safety and even international relations.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, Health Minister Jane Philpott and Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale will be among those at a noon news conference to discuss the legislation.

Measures in the legislation are expected to include limits for legal possession, age restrictions for retailers, marketing rules and tougher penalties for selling to minors and impaired driving.

Sources tell The Canadian Press the bill will also include efforts to promote drug education along with rules requiring producers to sell their marijuana in plain packaging, similar to restrictions Ottawa is trying to impose on tobacco manufacturers.

Members of the medical community will be watching to see if Ottawa recommends an age restriction to those 18 and over -- something Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to endorse last year when he described it as a reasonable compromise.