Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

Canada becomes second nation in the world to legalize marijuana

"I'm feeling just great", CBC News quoted Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate, as saying.

Each province in Canada is now coming up with rules for the sale of recreational marijuana.

Trudeau had made legalizing and federally regulating marijuana one of his 2015 campaign promises, arguing that only criminal syndicates profited from the drug's prohibition. The updated bill now heads back to the Senate, where it could be up for debate as early as Monday night.

Speaking today, Trudeau said: "We have been talking about this since well before we formed government".

Apart from retail outlets, Canadians will also be able to order marijuana online from federally licensed producers. Canadians will also be allowed to grow small amounts of pot for recreational use.

The legislation - an electoral promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party - would allow adults in Canada to legally possess and use small amounts of recreational marijuana.

The successful vote came on the same day that former Conservative leader Lord Hague suggested the United Kingdom should also legalise cannabis.

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It grants the federal government the power to license and regulate a restricted group of cannabis growers, but leaves it largely up to the discretion of Canada's 10 provinces and three territories to decide how to sell and distribute the drug.

"It ends 90 years of needless criminalization". The law will not come into effect until it receives royal assent - a final ceremonial stage of the legislative process - and the government sets a date for legalization.

Across the border in the U.S., nine states and the District of Columbia have also legalised marijuana.

The most controversial aspect of Canada's move to legalise marijuana has been setting the minimum age for use at 18 or 19, depending on the province - lower than in U.S. states that have embraced legalisation.

"We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving forward this summer on the legalisation of cannabis". "A fearless move on the part of the government", the bill's sponsor Sen.

However there was some resistance by health experts anxious that the low age of 18 would encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.

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