Both houses of parliament voted this week to legalise the drug for recreational use, making Canada the first G7 country to do so and the second in the world following Uruguay. While finalizing the Cannabis Act, the federal government said that provinces would get 10-12 weeks to prepare for legalization by setting up cannabis retailers and preparing police to enforce the new regulations. "Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", Trudeau said in a Tuesday evening tweet after the vote passed.
As a result, the attempts to legalize cannibas for recreational use have caused Canadian marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp., Aphria Inc., and Aurora Cannabis Inc.to become the center of investor frenzy. If Canada can effectively prevent youth use of marijuana while fully legalizing it, that may give more force to the arguments of supporters in the USA that legal marijuana would be safer.
The legislation will allow Canadians to buy and consume weed as soon as September, the BBC reports. Each consumer will have the right to possess as much as 30 grams of dried cannabis in public and share the same amount with other adults. It's a similar problem plaguing legal cannabis businesses in the US, resulting in scenarios that include California weed businesses paying their taxes in cash.
The Federal Government has set a date for the legalization of recreational marijuana.
Canada will legalise the consumption and cultivation of cannabis from 17 October 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced.
On Wednesday, Trudeau and his ministers were basking in the glow of finally delivering on one of the Liberals' biggest campaign promises in 2015.
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Last week, we published a blog post regarding a proposed bill in the United States Senate that would provide more autonomy to individual States in regulating marijuana.
"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana-and for criminals to reap the profits", Trudeau said on Twitter. The act was later passed by the House of Commons in November. "The evidence is very clear that cannabis can cause serious harm when it is misused".
The first step towards ending the Canadian pot prohibition that has been in place since 1923 began with legalising medical use for the drug 2001.
"And therefore we do not want to encourage in any way people to engage in that behaviour until the law is changed". If more use marijuana when they're in Canada, more will use when they're on vacation in the states.
Conservative senators remained staunchly opposed to legalisation.
According to a column in Globe and Mail written by Andre Picard, there were more than 55,000 cannabis related charges against Canadians just in 2016 in which 76 percent were for possession of marijuana.