Prime Minister announces October 17 as day Cannabis becomes legal in Canada

Canada votes to legalise cannabis for recreational use

Canadians across the country will be able to order marijuana online from federally licensed producers.

The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle on Tuesday in a 52-29 vote in the Senate.

The federal government's legislation to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana has received Royal Assent, meaning the bill has officially passed Parliament.

It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits.

"We have witnessed today a very historic vote that ends 90 years of prohibition, that's historic".

Last week, we published a blog post regarding a proposed bill in the United States Senate that would provide more autonomy to individual States in regulating marijuana. Its "historic" approval officially ends the country's nearly century-long prohibition on the substance.

The government says it will broaden its public education activities to help Canadians understand the new legal framework for cannabis, including what will be legal and when, and to remind Canadians that it remains illegal to take cannabis across Canada's global borders.

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Uruguay became the first country to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use in December 2013 while nine USA states and the District of Columbia also allow recreational marijuana use. Marijuana purchases must be made through government-approved vendors that will be regulated by state and province.

As far as driving under the influence goes, the government says law enforcement can now detect drug-impaired driving using standard field sobriety testing and drug recognition expert evaluation.

Bill C-46, a companion bill that Wilson-Raybould predicts will give Canada the strongest impaired-driving rules in the world, will also become law "in the near future", she said.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government had hoped to make cannabis legal by July 1.

'When you normalize the use of marijuana and you're a young person and you had certain reservations because of the simple fact that it was illegal, there's, I believe, a propensity to have somebody be more inclined to use it'. Canopy Growth's manager Adam Greenblatt, for instance, says, "In five years time people will be drinking cannabis drinks at a cocktail party as if drinking good wine".

Under Canada's Cannabis Act, provinces are granted a grace period of 8-12 weeks to get properly set up for the legal distribution of Marijuana. In some jurisdictions, such as Alberta and Nova Scotia, cannabis will be sold in the same stores that carry alcoholic beverages, while in others, such as Quebec and British Columbia, the two kinds of products will be sold separately.

The federal minimum age for marijuana use in Canada will be 18, but some provinces are setting their own minimum age at 19, which is the drinking age in most areas.

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