Canada legalises recreational marijuana

CANADA: House Of Commons Votes 205-62 To Legalize Recreational Pot, Bill Now Goes To Senate [VIDEO]

It was just announced on Tuesday that Canada has legalized recreational marijuana use after the country's two legislative chambers approved the Cannabis Act.

However the government has said provincial and territorial governments will need eight to 12 weeks following Senate passage and royal assent to prepare for retail sales. Trudeau's Cabinet is expected to decide a legalisation date in early or mid-September.

Cannabis has been legal in a number of areas in Canada already, mostly for medicinal purposes, but this will grant full permission for the recreational use of the drug throughout the country.

Canadians spent more than 5.7 billion Canadian dollars on marijuana in 2017, with the majority of it for recreational use, according to a Statistics Canada report released in January.

The successful vote came on the same day that former Conservative leader Lord Hague suggested the United Kingdom should also legalise cannabis.

In 2017, the Netherlands took a step closer to regulating the wholesale cultivation of cannabis after politicians passed a bill to back legal growing and sale of the soft drug under government control. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the upper house.

Canada just legalized marijuana nationwide. "A courageous move on the part of the government", he said, according to CBC.

Justin Trudeau tweeted that because it's too easy for kids to buy weed, "criminals reap the profits". We can start to be proactive in public education. "These are good things for Canada".

MPs spent a portion of Monday and last week debating the Senate's amendments before 205 of them voted today in favour of rejecting 13 of the proposed changes.

One of Trudeau's first major policy pledges as leader of the Liberal Party was to legalize marijuana, a promise that become a central pillar of his party's 2015 federal election campaign.

However there was some resistance by health experts anxious that the low age of 18 would encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.

Conservative MPs were largely opposed to the bill, with many pointing to concerns over rules around cultivating cannabis in one's home.

"We're going to have all those involved in illegal marijuana peddling right now becoming large corporation", Conservative Sen.

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