Canadian lawmakers vote to legalise recreational marijuana use

Canadian lawmakers vote to legalise recreational marijuana use

The federal government's bill to legalize recreational cannabis is on its way back to the Senate. Each province is implementing different aspects of the bill in the next 8 to 12 weeks - while the federal government has jurisdiction over parts like illegal sales to minors and assigning licenses to growers, it's up to the provinces to manage retail sales and distribution laws.

Trudeau's Cabinet is expected to decide a legalisation date in early or mid-September.

Canada is following the lead of Uruguay in allowing a nationwide, legal marijuana market, although each Canadian province is working up its own rules for pot sales. "Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", Trudeau said in a tweet.

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 measure was previously approved by the House of Commons, and now awaits Royal Assent for the final step in Canada's legislative process. Today, we change that. "A courageous move on the part of the government", the bill's sponsor Sen.

Harder noted that the bill already allows provinces to limit home cultivation to just one plant, if they choose. When his government introduced Bill C-45 in April 2017, its backers framed it as an effort to discourage consumption among youth, while also crushing the illegal market.

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Conservative senators remained staunchly opposed to legalization.

Canadians across the country will be able to order marijuana online from federally licensed producers. It was defeated by a vote on Tuesday evening. Questions remain, too, over whether to grant amnesty for past marijuana convictions and over how strictly police forces should crack down on growing cannabis at home.

The eyes of the world are turning to Canada to see how it handles legal pot.

An expert panel is being set up to advise ministers of potential changes to the law in the United Kingdom, which is the world's largest exporter of legal cannabis.

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