Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Canada just legalized weed, and it's looking better every day

Bill Blair Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair on CTV's Question Period
| 21 June, 2018, 00:16

Canada has passed a landmark law that legalises the recreational use of marijuana nationwide.

The Senate voted 52 to 29 in favor of a revised bill from the elected House of Commons, and there were two abstentions.

Quebec and Manitoba have already chose to ban home-grown pot, even though the bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling.

While medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for nearly 20 years, the bill would remove a 95-year-old ban on recreational use of the substance. Uruguay became the first country to legalise the sale of cannabis for recreational use in December 2013, while a number of U.S. states have also voted to permit it.

"We have witnessed today a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition, that's historic".

Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, creates an overarching national regulatory framework and enables each province to establish its own system of licensing and regulating marijuana businesses.

The federal government is basking in the hazy glow of its plan to legalize recreational marijuana, but it is reminding Canadians that pot remains illegal until the Cannabis Act actually goes into effect.


People in this province will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis at a time and will have the right to grow up to four marijuana plants in their homes. "It ends 90 years of needless criminalization, it ends a prohibition model that inhibited and discouraged public health and community health in favor of just-say-no approaches that simply failed young people miserably".

Canada criminalized pot possession in 1923, but became an early adopter of medical marijuana in 2001. "This legislation will help protect our youth from the risks of cannabis while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime".

In the US, recreational marijuana is legal in 9 states and for medicinal purposes in 29 states. It also said marijuana should not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.

Based on consumption data from previous year, Statistics Canada has estimated that the market will be worth Can$5.7 billion (€3.7 billion).

The most controversial aspect of Canada's move has been setting the minimum age for use at 18 or 19, depending on the province.

Until now, only Uruguay had made the cultivation, distribution and consumption of marijuana legal, with the government there having sought to wrest the business from criminals.

Worldwide drug treaties, which explicitly ban legalizing marijuana, technically prohibit Canada-and the USA -from taking these steps, reports Vox.

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