Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
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Canada's Trudeau says cannabis will become legal in mid-October

Canada's Trudeau says cannabis will become legal in mid-October

Canada is now the second country in the world to legalize marijuana, paving the way for recreational marijuana sales throughout the country.

Before Trump arrived at the G7 summit, he took to twitter to call Trudeau "indignant" over his trade stance - and then, after leaving the G7 summit early, once again used social media to call the prime minister "very dishonest" and "weak".

The Senate voted last night 52 to 29, with two abstentions, to pass the Trudeau government's Bill C-45 and lift the 95-year-old prohibition on cannabis.

Trudeau said provincial and territorial governments need the time to prepare for retail sales.

Trudeau continues to note how "over the following months and indeed years we will completely replace or nearly completely replace the organized crime market on that".

The Canadian government has also implemented changes to their impaired driving laws, to address repercussions for driving under the influence of cannabis.

Quebec, Manitoba and Nunavut have already made a decision to ban home-grown weed, despite the fact that the new federal law stipulates that individuals may grow up to four plants per dwelling. Uruguay was the first to fully legalize the drug. There will be an election in Quebec on October 1, which helps to explain why the provincial government sought more time. Another difference from laws in the U.S.is that the federal minimum age in Canada will be 18 and not 21.


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.

Although Colorado doesn't allow cannabis delivery (a bill that would've okayed it died in the state Senate earlier this year), California allows medical marijuana patients to order dispensary products using Global Positioning System technology, and New York, Florida, Massachusetts and OR also allow some form of delivery.

In the neighboring USA, nine states and the District of Columbia now allow for recreational marijuana use, and 30 allow for medical use.

Most importing or exporting of marijuana remains illegal.

CNN reports that the Canadian recreational marijuana industry could be worth more than $4 billion.

A report by the Conference Board of Canada released on Tuesday showed that more than half of Canadian employers are concerned about the potential use of marijuana in the workplace.

Trudeau, who in 2013 said he had smoked a joint with friends "five or six times", justified legalization on the grounds that it would take traffickers out of the equation and protect young people. "I tell them, 'No! The more it's legal, the more people are going to feel safe to buy my product'".

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