Canada legalizes marijuana nationwide after senate passes bill

Canada has voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Canada has voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift nearly a century-old prohibition on cannabis. However, provincial and territorial administrations need up to 12 weeks to finalise their policies, making September the earliest date for legal sales to begin.

The country is the first in the G7 to legalise the drug's recreational use. "Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", Trudeau said in a tweet.

The Conservatives are the last remaining openly partisan group in the Senate, to which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen to name only non-partisan, independent senators recommended by an arm's-length advisory body.

The legislation sets the minimum age for purchase at 18 and allows for the personal possession of up to 30 grams for dried cannabis, with rules on edibles to come later.

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"We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving forward this summer on the legalisation of cannabis".

Canadian Health Minister Ginette Petitpas showed strong support for home cultivation of marijuana last week following the government's rejection of 13 out of 46 amendments relating to the bill last week.

"What the government's approach has been is, yes, legalization but also strict control", Harder said.

That forced the government to make a written commitment to more consultation and increased funding to help communities deal with the potential negative fallout from legalization and cash in on the potential economic windfall. Questions remain, too, over whether to grant amnesty for past marijuana convictions and over how strictly police forces should crack down on growing cannabis at home. We'll see the end of criminalisation and we can start addressing Canada's $7 billion illegal market.

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