Canada votes to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Canada has voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Canada has voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Canada has become the first industrialized country to legalize cannabis nationwide. Some provinces, including Alberta, British Columbia, and Manitoba, plan to license private retailers, while others, such as Ontario and Quebec, will sell marijuana through the same government-run system that distributes liquor.

It's expected, however, that Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest.

While nine U.S. states and the capital Washington have legalised recreational use of the drug, Canada will be the first G7 Country to do so.

Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, was first introduced on April 13, 2017, in a bid to legalize and regulate the recreational use of weed.

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The Senate's approval in a vote Tuesday night in Ottawa clears the way for the final step - a ceremonial approval from the governor-general - to officially make Bill C-45 law.

The government has said the date will be informed by discussions with their provincial and territorial counterparts, which have been given the ability to set regulations in their jurisdictions as to how a legalized marijuana regime will operate.

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

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the passing of the bill a priority when he was elected in 2015. "It ends 90 years of needless criminalization, it ends a prohibition model that inhibited and discouraged public health and community health in favor of just-say-no approaches that simply failed young people miserably".

"With cannabis legislation, Canadians are ready for us to move forward", Harder told the Senate, predicting that "there may come a day, perhaps in the not-so-distant future, when we remember prohibition as absurd".

However, eight states and the capital Washington DC have legalised marijuana for recreational use, with the last to date, California, becoming on 1 January 2018 the biggest legal market in the world.

The BI Canada Cannabis Index had tumbled 33 per cent this year through yesterday as some marijuana stocks have fallen from previous highs amid concerns they're overvalued.

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It now makes Canada the second country to have a nationwide, legal marijuana market, after Uruguay.

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