Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Canada just legalised cannabis for recreational use

Canada just legalised cannabis for recreational use

The federal bill (C-45) passed on Tuesday night allows for four home-grown plants per Canadian household, something that Wilson Raybould reiterated would be applied across the country once the law comes into force.

The Senate voted in the favour of the bill (52-29) from the elected House of Commons.

The step is only a formality.

While Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said she was thrilled the Senate approved the bill, saying: "We're on the cusp of a sensible, responsible and equitable cannabis policy". This is monumental for Canada, which has now officially ended over 90 years of prohibition on the magical plant that does so much more than just give you warm fuzzy brain feelings.

In the neighboring USA, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use.

The Prime Minister is also weighing via Twitter, saying it's too easy for kids to get a hold of pot and for criminals to cash in on it. Justin Trudeau says that will change.

The law makes Canada the second country to have a nationwide, legal marijuana market, after Uruguay.

Speaking today, Trudeau said: "We have been talking about this since well before we formed government".

The move means that in eight to 12 weeks, around September, Canadians will be able to legally purchase, grow and smoke limited amounts of cannabis nationwide. Significant market disruption is likely in the country's alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries as well, he said.

The government's companion legislation on impaired driving is also expected to pass soon, said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, but she added that driving under the influence of drugs has always been - and will remain - against the law in Canada.

Each province in Canada is now coming up with rules for the sale of recreational marijuana.

Across the border in the U.S., nine states and the District of Columbia have also legalised marijuana. "I think it will be catastrophic for Canadian generations to come", Sen. "A courageous move on the part of the government", the bill's sponsor Sen.

"There's still a lot of work to do despite the fact that this has been a very lengthy process", Cullen said, including training staff in stores and rolling out a public education campaign.

The eyes of the world are turning to Canada to see how it handles legal pot.

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