Trudeau sets date for full legalisation of cannabis in Canada
Jun 24, 2018, 19:14
Canadian lawmakers passed sweeping cannabis legalization on Tuesday that will legalize recreational use of marijuana by adults.
Canada's upper house of Parliament approved the revised cannabis bill in a 52-29 vote Tuesday, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks. Today the word comes down that Canada has become the second nation in the world to legalize marijuana. The proposed federal law spells out that it will be illegal for anyone younger than 18 to buy pot, but allows for provinces and territories to set a higher minimum age.
Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who promised on the campaign trail that his government would legalise cannabis, hailed the decision.
The country's postal service said in a statement that it will deliver regulated recreational marijuana, following the same policies such as proof of age upon delivery, according to ABC News.
In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana. "Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", he tweeted.
Legalized marijuana is expected to be a boon for Canada's economy. It was said most of a year ago that legal sales would pop off in the beginning of July 2018 - right around Canada Day.
"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".
In Ottawa the big political question will now be the prospect of amnesty for those with previous marijuana-related criminal convictions, as even minor convictions can mean a Canadian is barred from entering the United States and other countries. As detailed in a recent DPA report, From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization, the evidence so far shows that legally regulating and controlling marijuana has enabled USA states to successfully set safety standards, restrict youth access, and enact regulations that limit the potential harms of marijuana use.
The federal law makes the sale and recreational use legal, but how it will be sold is up to provincial governments.
Senator Tony Dean, who sponsored the Cannabis Act, called the legislation's passing "transformative social policy". When his government introduced Bill C-45 in April 2017, its backers framed it as an effort to discourage consumption among youth, while also crushing the illegal market.
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