Canada votes to legalise recreational cannabis use

Canada will be the first G7 country to allow the cultivation distribution and sale of the drug for recreational purposes nationwide once the law comes into force

Canada will be the first G7 country to allow the cultivation distribution and sale of the drug for recreational purposes nationwide once the law comes into force

That is why this new legislation will place strict penalties on those who make cannabis available to youth under the legal age while allowing adults to legally purchase, grow and use a limited quantity of cannabis. Instead of bouncing the bill back and forth like they could have, however, the Senate held a vote which passed 52 to 29 with two abstentions, putting Canada one step closer to a legalization date.

The senate has passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana (cannabis).

The news was also greeted with enthusiasm by marijuana advocates in the U.S. Don Hartleben, who manages Dank of America, a retail cannabis store just south of the border in Blaine, Washington, said Canada's legalization was not only politically exciting, but a potential business boon for him. Its "historic" approval officially ends the country's nearly century-long prohibition on the substance.

"We've just witnessed a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition", Senator Tony Dean told the press following the vote. Uruguay was previously the only country that permitted recreational marijuana in public.

As a result, the attempts to legalize cannibas for recreational use have caused Canadian marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp., Aphria Inc., and Aurora Cannabis become the center of investor frenzy.

Other nations, such as Iran and Portugal, have simply decriminalized drugs as a means of curbing rates of overdose and addiction (and it worked). Marijuana purchases must be made through government-approved vendors that will be regulated by state and province.

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On Wednesday afternoon Bill C-46, the impaired driving bill that was introduced alongside Bill C-45, also passed.

"C-45 marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis", she said.

Canadians upset about the tone of relations with the US can express themselves with their wallets, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said.

PM Trudeau expected that the end of 95 years of prohibition would immediately begin to curtail the estimated C$6bn ($4.5bn) in profits pouring into the black market.

In the Commons, New Democrat MP Don Davies attempted to pass a motion calling on the government to immediately pardon Canadians convicted of simple cannabis possession - something that will no longer be a crime as of October 17. In Portugal, which famously relaxed its drug laws, the possession and use of the drug is decriminalized, but not legal.

"We applaud Canada for showing federal legislators in the United States what can be accomplished with true leadership and dedication to sound public policy", Altieri said in a statement. Tobacco or alcohol sale locations are prohibited from selling weed. Anyone found to be carrying more than this amount, or providing it to minors - anyone under the age of 18 or 19 depending on the province - will be breaking the law.

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