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Canadian Senate passes weed bill

23 June, 2018, 17:35 | Author: Kristi Dunn
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"Now that the Prime Minister has announced that recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada on October 17, 2018, it is important to remember that our existing laws are still in place until they are repealed and replaced".

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to end its opposition to certain aspects of the federal bill, most notably the plan to permit Canadians to cultivate marijuana plants at home.

Under Canada's Cannabis Act, provinces are granted a grace period of 8-12 weeks to get properly set up for the legal distribution of Marijuana.

"It has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth", the statement said.

The move will make Canada the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes nationwide.

California, home to one in eight Americans, launched the United States' biggest legal marijuana marketplace on January 1.

Trudeau said there's "no point" in discussing it until the new laws are in place, a position echoed by Bill Blair, the former Toronto police chief and MP who coordinates the marijuana file for the government. Adults will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, and all products will be sold in plain packaging with clearly marked labels.

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The federal minimum age for marijuana use in Canada will be 18, but some provinces are setting their own minimum age at 19, which is the drinking age in most areas.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by marijuana advocates in the U.S. Tony Dean, who sponsored the Cannabis Act in the Senate, said. Premier elect Doug Ford hinted that he might make changes to the suggested recreational cannabis framework which was announced by Kathleen Wynne.

A final date will be decided by mid-September, so that retail sales could begin before the end of this year.

"Transformative social policy, I think", Independent Sen.

The move by Canada is likely to cause a headache south of the border, and twist an already strained relationship with the current USA government. "The evidence is very clear that cannabis can cause serious harm when it is misused". We can start to be proactive in public education.

Nationwide legalization is a good thing.

The exact timeline for the law depends on when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau decides to put it into effect and how much time he allots for the territories and provinces to roll out retail sales. Today, we change that. But some health experts have anxious that the lower age will encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains. "This is something that we want to get right".

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