Marijuana to be legal in Canada as of October 17

Jeannie Matthews
June 24, 2018

Canadians will soon be free to consume recreational marijuana throughout the country following Parliament's passing of the Cannabis Act.

"Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted in reaction to the bill's passage Tuesday.

While speaking at the House of Commons on Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the law will go into effect on October 17, 2018.

Canada is only the second country in the world - and the first G7 nation - to implement legislation to permit a nationwide marijuana market. The federal government and the provinces also still need to publish regulations that will govern the cannabis trade.

Marijuana became illegal in Canada in 1923, but its use for medical purposes was legalized in 2001.

The country's postal service said in a statement that it will deliver regulated recreational marijuana, following the same policies such as proof of age upon delivery, according to ABC News.

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While acceptance of legal recreational marijuana is a growing trend in the US, it still remains illegal on a federal basis and in most states, including IL.

The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, a Canada-based advocacy group, last month launched a petition asking the government to consider pardoning people convicted of marijuana possession offenses. The law gives adults 18 and older the freedom to possess up to 30 gram of weed in public and grow up to four plants at home for personal use.

Legalized marijuana is expected to be a boon for Canada's economy. "This legislation will help protect our youth from the risks of cannabis while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime". It also creates new Criminal Code offences for selling marijuana to minors. Today, we change that. "Government officials have said to actually legally move recreational cannabis to the storefronts in which it will be sold", Cullen told The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti.

Canadian Senator Tony Dean stated to reporters yesterday, "It ends 90 years of needless criminalisation, it ends a prohibition model that inhibited and discouraged public health and community health in favour of just-say-no approaches that simply failed young people miserably". In the other provinces and territories it will be 19, which is the minimum alcohol purchase age in all those jurisdictions except for Manitoba.

Bloomberg reports that Canada's legal pot market could surpass C$5 billion in 2020.

Building on these positive outcomes, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico and numerous other states are now considering legislative proposals to legalize marijuana.

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