Published: Wed, June 20, 2018
Global | By Shelia Dennis

Canadian senate clears cannabis legalisation

Canadian senate clears cannabis legalisation

Canada is the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on marijuana use.

The Senate gave final passage to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's bill to legalise cannabis on Tuesday.

Cannabis has been illegal in Canada since 1923, though medical usage of the drug was legalised in 2001. Uruguay became the first country to legalise the sale of cannabis for recreational use in December 2013, while a number of U.S. states have also voted to permit it. Its "historic" approval officially ends the country's nearly century-long prohibition on the substance.

"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana-and for criminals to reap the profits", Trudeau said on Twitter.

Canada just legalized marijuana nationwide.

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Although Premier-designate Doug Ford had previously mused that a PC government would privatize pot sales, preferring a free market, he said during a leaders' debate that recreational marijuana would be available at LCBO stores.

Under Uruguayan law, citizens and residents can buy up to 40 grams (1.4 ounces) of pot a month from pharmacies, grow it themselves at home, or join cannabis clubs where members tend to the plants together.

Speaking about Bill C-45 passing, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould cautioned Canadians that the current prohibition and laws about cannabis will remain in place until the date of implementation, and urged people to follow the law until then.

The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Manitoba have already chose to ban home-grown pot, even though the federal bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling.

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"The province has been training police officers in the use of drug impaired technology and getting ready for it, but there's a lot of questions that we're still waiting for answer from the federal government".

Speaking today, Trudeau said: "We have been talking about this since well before we formed government".

In the USA, recreational marijuana is legal in 9 states and for medicinal purposes in 29 states. But there have been previous suggestions that the White House may try and stem the recreational use by enforcing federal laws to override individual states.

PHOTO: Smoke rises during the annual marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, April 20, 2018.

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