Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

Canada Senate approves recreational use of marijuana

Canada and Uruguay are the only two countries in the world to fully legalize recreational marijuana.

The Cannabis Act was approved in a 52-29 vote in the Senate and could be in place as early as September this year.

The federal government has insisted that provinces allow individuals to grow up to four cannabis plants at home, and rejected an amendment that would affirm the province's right to prohibit them.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date Wednesday during question period in the House of Commons, which is expected to end the day by rising for a three-month summer break.

Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut have already chose to ban home-grown weed, despite the fact that the new federal law stipulates that individuals may grow up to four plants per dwelling.

Wilson-Raybould said that passage of the legislation "marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis".

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. Cannabis will be strictly regulated, with the objective of keeping it out of the hands of young people and displacing the thriving black market in cannabis controlled by organized crime.

October 17 will be the day that the major social policy change will come into force.

"Now we can start to tackle some of the harms of cannabis", said Sen.

"It is time for the take similar action and adopt a more rational federal marijuana policy".

Provinces and territories have established where and how the products will be sold to consumers, for instance, resulting in a mixture of private, licensed stores and government-run facilities across the country.

The Conservatives are the last remaining openly partisan group in the Senate, to which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has chosen to name only non-partisan, independent senators recommended by an arm's-length advisory body.

He said the federal government received valuable advice from Colorado and other USA states that have legalized recreational marijuana.

The capital, The Hague, banned cannabis from the city centre in April this year.

Expect a lot of stories to come out about these debates, and keep in mind to get out to Quebec's election this fall and ensure our provincial government won't fall into the hands of politicians vocally against the Cannabis Act of Canada. Now the penalty for possession of the drug is five years in jail and for supplying it 14 years.

Canada has voted to legalise the recreational use of cannabis.

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