Canada becomes second nation on earth to legalize and regulate marijuana

Canada votes to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Canada legalises recreational marijuana

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada on October 17.

"We've listened to the provinces, which have been asking us for more time to implement it", Trudeau told legislators.

"That's why we're accepting the request of the provinces and that's why we'll be legalizing it as of October 17, 2018", he told a news conference.

Cannabis could be on retail shelves in 8 to 12 weeks in Canada, as the Senate passed its final hurdle Tuesday night with a landmark vote to lift a 95-year-old prohibition on cannabis.

Ditching the War on Drugs, Canada is now the second country in the world to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

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While many nations have decriminalized marijuana, Uruguay had previously been the only country to legalize marijuana nationwide.

The bill set a floor on the minimum age of the consumer at 18 years, and makes the production, distribution, or sale of cannabis products an offense for minors. It also said marijuana should not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.

The measure ends prohibition of cannabis that had been in place in Canada since 1923.

"And therefore we do not want to encourage in any way people to engage in that behaviour until the law is changed". The Canadian government said it will soon announce the date of when cannabis will become legal - but warns it will remain illegal until then.

Senator Tony Dean, who sponsored the Cannabis Act, called the legislation's passing "transformative social policy". If more use marijuana when they're in Canada, more will use when they're on vacation in the states.

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Trudeau said the government delayed the timetable for lifting the nearly century-old prohibition on marijuana at the request of larger provinces, including Quebec, which asked for more time to make the transition to a legal regime for regulating the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis.

While provinces can increase the minimum age, the intent is to continue to discourage Canadian youth from pot use, by establishing numerous same restrictions that exist for cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Trudeau said the government won't discuss pardons of past convictions until legalization is in effect.

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.

Several Canadian marijuana firms, including Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth Corporation, are seeing a wave of investor excitement around marijuana legalization.

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Under the new law, one Canadian household can grow up to four plants at home and one person can carry 30 grams of cannabis in public at the most. The Senate approved Bill C-45 (the Cannabis Act) on Tuesday, clearing the last major hurdle before becoming law.

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