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Justice minister: marijuana still illegal for now

Canada votes to legalise cannabis for recreational use Canada legalises recreational marijuana
Scott Davis | 23 June, 2018, 15:20

The Senate gave their final blessings to the bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, making Canada only the second country, next to Uruguay, to legally authorize the drug nationwide.

The Senate voted 52-29 in favour of a revised bill from the elected House of Commons, which paved the way for a legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who announced plans to legalize the drug in April 2017, has rebuffed provincial leaders who say they need more time.

"Now that the Prime Minister has announced that recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada on october 17, 2018, it is important to remember that our existing laws are still in place until they are repealed and replaced". Because Canada is also a culturally and economically similar country, allies of nationwide marijuana legalization will be watching closely.

The federal law makes the sale and recreational use legal, but how it will be sold is up to provincial governments.

Once the law takes effect in October, adults (of varying ages depending on the province) can legally purchase cannabis, cannabis oils and extracts, live cannabis plants and seeds, and cannabis-infused foods.

Trudeau's Liberals pressured the Senate to approve the bill this week before a parliamentary recess began, allowing the government to keep a pledge for the market to open by the end of the summer.

On Twitter, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised the bill and focused on Canada's youth. If more use marijuana when they're in Canada, more will use when they're on vacation in the states.




Justin Trudeau tweeted that because it's too easy for kids to buy weed, "criminals reap the profits". "We're on the cusp of a sensible, responsible and equitable cannabis policy", she said.

"One of the things that we heard very clearly from the provinces is that they need a certain amount of time to get their bricks-and-mortar stores and their online sales ready". Canada will set a great example for countries that are considering similar reforms, and it will inspire much-needed debate in those that are not.

"And therefore we do not want to encourage in any way people to engage in that behaviour until the law is changed".

According to the Justice Department, the drug-impaired driving aspects of the bill have now become law, with Royal Assent.

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.

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

Thirty US states allow marijuana for medical use.

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