Published: Sat, June 23, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Why Canada legalized marijuana - Prime Minister Trudeau

Why Canada legalized marijuana - Prime Minister Trudeau

Trudeau spokeswoman Eleanore Catenaro said officials listened to the provinces that asked for more time to be able to prepare and implement the law. "We've been working for a long time with all the provinces, with the municipalities".

The Liberal government had initially planned to have marijuana legalized sooner with the intention of beginning retail sales by July 1. Originally, the government had planned for only a two-to-three-month gap between the bill passing and legalization.

The cannabis bill itself has been in the Senate since November 28.

It's a similar problem plaguing legal cannabis businesses in the USA, resulting in scenarios that include California weed businesses paying their taxes in cash. The motion did not muster the necessary unanimous consent.

Mr Trudeau's Cabinet is expected to decide a legalisation date in early or mid-September.

Bill C-46, a companion bill that Wilson-Raybould predicts will give Canada the strongest impaired-driving rules in the world, will also become law "in the near future", she said.

The provinces and territories have also been given the go ahead to regulate cannabis as they choose, so many have created further restrictions aside from the permissions set out at the federal level. Three provinces have already expressed plans to ban home growth altogether, according to CBC.

If it wins, it seems likely Manitoba and Nunavut will enact their own laws. That is not our place. Absent this new law, they have similar lists of banned drugs.

When asked if the government is considering amnesty or pardons for people who have criminal records for marijuana crimes, Ms. Wilson-Raybould said the issue is under "consideration" by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. "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".

Once the law takes effect in October, adults (of varying ages depending on the province) can legally purchase cannabis, cannabis oils and extracts, live cannabis plants and seeds, and cannabis-infused foods. At a forum held during the time, he spoke about taking steps to look at what the government can do for individuals with criminal records for something that has been decriminalized.

Just prior to the announcement, the country's leading cannabis producers reported a surge in stocks - with market leader Canopy Grown jumping 1.7% to $43.27 Canadian dollars - following the Senate vote to legalise the soft drug. Canadian consumers must be at least 18 to purchase legal weed.

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