Cool News for Canadians: Senate Approves Recreational Use of Cannabis but There Are Still Some Don’ts Remain

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Canada is to become the second country in the world to fully legalize recreational marijuana use. 

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Canada’s upper house of parliament on Tuesday approved a revised bill to legalize recreational , setting the stage for the country to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalize marijuana, Reuters reports.

The decision was made after the Senate voted 52-29 in favor of the revised bill from the elected House of Commons. Canadians will be able to buy and consume legally as early as this September.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had made legalizing recreational use of marijuana part of their successful 2015 election campaign, arguing the new law would keep pot out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crime.

“It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate,” Trudeau wrote in a tweet.

In 2015, Canadians were estimated to have spent about C$6bn ($4.5bn, £3.4bn) on  – almost as much as they did on wine.

The government is expected to give the provinces and territories, as well as municipalities, eight to 12 weeks to set up the new marijuana marketplace. This timeframe will also allow industry and police forces to prepare for the new legal framework.

Trudeau’s Liberal government introduced the legislation last year in a bid to make Canada the second country in the world to legalise , after Uruguay. Medical marijuana is already legal in Canada.

What will remain illegal?

It will be illegal to possess over 30 grams of , grow more than four plants per household, and to buy from an unlicensed dealer.

Penalties will be severe. Someone caught selling the drug to a minor could be jailed for up to 14 years.

Some critics say the penalties are too harsh and not proportional to similar laws like those around selling alcohol to minors.


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