Canadian Senate Passes Bill Legalizing Recreational Cannabis

Legalisation of the drug was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Legalisation of the drug was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

Canada became the second country to approve the nationwide legalization of the drug.

Come October 17 and Canada will become the first member of the Group of Seven to legalise the growing and consumption of cannabis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday, June 20. Uruguay previously legalized marijuana in 2013. The Senate passage of the bill was the final hurdle in the process.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who announced plans to legalize the drug in April 2017, has rebuffed provincial leaders who say they need more time. According to, Washington state has raised over $740 million in cannabis tax revenue since recreational weed was legalized here, and, despite what Jeff Sessions would have you believe, legalization has not led to an increase in youth potheads or sales of Bob Marley tapestries. The Crown will have to approve the bill, by way of Canada's representative, the Governor General.

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The Prime Minister expressed his thoughts on the bill, stating: "It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits".

'Today, we change that.

Yesterday, the Canadian government rejected the Senates recommended amendments, sent back the bill and late last night it was approved as is with a vote of 52 in favour, and 29 against. "If individuals are challenging that law, they can challenge it", Wilson-Raybould said.

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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. However, the industry hasn't taken off as strongly as locals hoped due in large part to stringent anti-drug laws that govern banks in the United States.

All producers of cannabis will have to be licensed by Health Canada, while provinces will oversee the distribution of the dried cannabis and oils to the retail market.

The Canadian government has also implemented changes to their impaired driving laws, to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis. As detailed in a recent DPA report, From Prohibition to Progress: A Status Report on Marijuana Legalization, the evidence so far shows that legally regulating and controlling marijuana has enabled US states to successfully set safety standards, restrict youth access, and enact regulations that limit the potential harms of marijuana use. In the other provinces and territories it will be 19, which is the minimum alcohol purchase age in all those jurisdictions except for Manitoba.

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"Drug-impaired driving is extremely risky and can ruin your life in a heartbeat - don't drive high", he added.

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