Marijuana Bill C-45 Is Passed: Now What?

Canada will be the first G7 country to allow the cultivation distribution and sale of the drug for recreational purposes nationwide once the law comes into force

Canada will be the first G7 country to allow the cultivation distribution and sale of the drug for recreational purposes nationwide once the law comes into force

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday, June 20 that the recreational sale and use of marijuana would become legal across Canada starting october 17 of this year.

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

Federal Bill C-45 still needs royal assent before it becomes law, plus eight to 12 weeks for the provinces to get ready for the retail sales of pot. Now that it's passed through both houses of Parliament, Trudeau has to decide the date when legalization is official.

Canada is only the second country to legalize recreational marijuana in the world, and the differing restrictions and methods of distribution will allow the country, and the world, to hopefully discover which models work best and prompt a positive change in how people see and consume cannabis.

While nine U.S. states and the capital Washington have legalised recreational use of the drug, Canada will be the first G7 Country to do so.

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

The new law will not amend Canada's existing medical cannabis access regulations, which permit registered patients to grow or purchase cannabis from authorized licensed producers. It means that Canadians can now legally grow up to four plants in their own household, and carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use. "In the meantime, the government will continue with public education initiatives to help Canadians understand the new legal framework for cannabis, including legalization timelines".

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Canada's Senate has passed the federal government's bill to legalize recreational marijuana on a national level. Justin Trudeau tweeted after the Senate vote that this next step marks a "promise kept" by the Liberal government.

Canada's Senate has voted to legalize recreational marijuana nationally.

Speaking today, Trudeau said: "We have been talking about this since well before we formed government". "This is an historic milestone for progressive policy in Canada as we shift our approach to cannabis", Wilson-Raybould said via Twitter Tuesday night.

In the Commons, New Democrat MP Don Davies attempted to pass a motion calling on the government to immediately pardon Canadians convicted of simple cannabis possession - something that will no longer be a crime as of October 17.

However, stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana. The government has said that they are first focusing on repealing and replacing laws surrounding marijuana and will later address previous convictions.

"I think we all agree that it's important to get this right and not rushed", Mr Trudeau told press Wednesday afternoon. Last year, the market was estimated to be worth C$600 million. In the neighboring USA, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana.

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