Why Canada legalized marijuana - Prime Minister Trudeau

Why Canada legalized marijuana - Prime Minister Trudeau

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.

The Canadian Senate passed a bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday after more than a year of intensive study in both the House of Commons and the Senate.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that recreational marijuana will become legal nationwide in Canada starting October 17.

Uruguay became the first country to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use in December 2013 while nine USA states and the District of Columbia also allow recreational marijuana use.

The minimum legal age to buy and consume pot in Canada will be set at 18, but the bill allows provinces and territories to increase the minimum age.

It also allows consumers to prepare weed edibles for personal use and grow up to a maximum of four plants in their homes.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has picked October 17 as the day on which all adult Canadians will have legal access to cannabis for recreational use. By comparison, the minimum consumption age for marijuana in all the USA states that have legalized recreational use is 21, corresponding to the higher drinking age.

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The Senate gave final passage to Trudeau's bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday.

Legalized marijuana is expected to be a boon for Canada's economy.

Supporters believe the move will help control organized crime while keeping pot out of kids' hands, according to the bill. The new legislation could see marijuana sold legally in shops as early as September.

Until then, Wilson-Raybould said: "I would like to also remind the public that driving while impaired by drugs is, and will remain, illegal".

"The legislation is transformative", said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, adding it "marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis, leaving behind a failed model of prohibition".

"The overall message is, 'Yeah, Canada legalized cannabis, hooray, ' but the actual details is where there are a lot of devils", Emery said, "The civil liberties advocates, the lawyers, the people who represent the marginalized Indigenous, the youth, the poor - the victims of prohibition - we aren't celebrating today". If more use marijuana when they're in Canada, more will use when they're on vacation in the states.

As the first major economy to fully legalise cannabis, Canada's regulatory rollout will be closely watched by other nations considering the same path and by global investors, who have already poured billions into Canadian marijuana firms.

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