Canada Marijuana Legalization Delayed Until October

Posted June 24, 2018

The legislation makes Canada only the second country in the world to allow a nationwide, legal marijuana market, although each Canadian province is drafting its own rules for pot sales.

After a Senate vote of 52 to 29 in favour of Bill C-45, and an announcement by Prime Minister Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that recreational marijuana would officially be legal by mid-October of this year, the Cannabis Act is now officially law after receiving royal assent this morning.

Trudeau's Liberal government introduced legislation past year in a bid to make Canada the second country in the world to legalise cannabis, after Uruguay.

The federal government set a minimum age of 18 to purchase marijuana, though some provinces have indicated they will raise the age to 19, mirroring liquor purchase laws. The Senate eventually deferred to the government's position of allowing Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants in their home.

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.

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The Campaign for Cannabis Amnesty, a Canada-based advocacy group, last month launched a petition asking the government to consider pardoning people convicted of marijuana possession offenses.

Adults will be allowed to possess up to 30 grams of marijuana, and products will be sold in plain packaging with labels that are clearly marked.

"We've just witnessed a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition", Senator Tony Dean told the press following the vote.

Speaking on Parliament Hill, federal Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould also says the government is still working on companion legislation dealing with impaired driving, but driving under the influence of drugs has always been and will remain illegal.

"Cannabis for non-medical use is not legal yet".

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Justin Trudeau tweeted that because it's too easy for kids to buy weed, "criminals reap the profits".

Effective October 17th, Canada will legalize recreational marijuana throughout the country.

Federal and provincial consumption taxes will also apply - varying between 10 to 15 per cent depending on the province.

"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".

In the United States, BDS Analytics estimated that the pot industry took in almost $9 billion in sales in 2017.

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