Senate votes to legalize pot

Senate votes to legalize pot

Kerry Wise
June 20, 2018

Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate.

Peter Harder, the government's representative in the senate says he is urging his colleagues not to fight the legislation any further and give in to the will of the elected house.

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

While the bill is not yet in effect in Canada, marijuana is expected to be legal in Canada by August or September.

The task force recommended adults be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of pot and grow up to four plants.

Once sales get up and running, Canada will become the first G7 industrialised country to have a legal nationwide cannabis market.

As the first major economy to fully legalise cannabis, Canada's regulatory rollout will be closely watched by other nations considering the same path.

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The fight to make marijuana legal in Canada has been a long battle for the country and PM Justin Trudeau's Liberals as marijuana was a huge part of Trudeau's 2015 election campaign.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will now lead efforts to choose a new legalization date.

In the USA, nine states have legalized recreational marijuana.

Minister of Health Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Justice Bill Blair speak to reporters following a vote on Bill C-45 inOttawa on Monday. It also said marijuana should not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. 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.

The legalization of marijuana in Canada has implications for cross-border relations with the United States. "This is progressive social policy", Dean said.

"A fearless move on the part of the government", he told CBC.

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