Canada votes to legalise recreational cannabis

Canada votes to legalise cannabis for recreational use

It means that Canada now joins Uruguay as the only two countries in the world where recreational cannabis is now legal, as technically it is still illegal in the Netherlands although the law is not actually upheld.

The Canadian government made history Tuesday as the Senate approved the Cannabis Act to make marijuana production and consumption legal country-wide after a 95-year prohibition.

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

"Obviously, the current approach - the current prohibition of marijuana - has not worked to protect our kids, to keep the money out of the pockets of organised crime, and that's why we're bringing in a new legalised framework around marijuana", Trudeau said on Wednesday".

'Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate.

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Conservative senators remained resolutely opposed to legalization, however, and predicted passage of C-45 will not meet the government's objectives.

Other provinces, including Alberta and Saskatchewan, have gone for a private retail model, which will see private businesses control cannabis sales with some government oversight.

The federal government set a minimum age of 18 to purchase marijuana, though some provinces have indicated they will raise the age to 19, mirroring liquor purchase laws.

"I'm feeling just great", Sen.

However, Canada's measure restricts marketing and advertising just as the U.S. does with the tobacco industry. Transformative social policy, I think.

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So far, the United States has yet to respond to Canada's historic move to make marijuana a part of legitimate commerce.

Earlier Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said she was heartened by the remarks of Trump's point person on tariffs. Liquor remained legal in Canada, and the country's popular types of whiskey flowed into the US and went a long way toward quenching America's still prevalent taste for booze.

Erik Altieri, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, echoed Hetzer's sentiment. The S&P/TSX Composite Index in Toronto was pushed to a record high by the marijuana stock surge. There will be an election in Quebec on October 1, which helps to explain why the provincial government sought more time.

"Thanks to the hard work of both Chambers of Parliament, the Cannabis Task Force, along with input from all Canadians, we have passed historic legislation that will legalize and strictly regulate the sale of cannabis in our country".

This article was originally published by Business Insider.

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