Cannabis-News.org is a site devoted to resources regarding both medicinal and recreational use of Marijuana. However, we do like to report and discuss important breaking and ongoing news. This legalization move is too large and important to ignore. On June 19th, 2018, Canada voted to legalize recreational marijuana use. They are the second country to do so in the world.
The bill, which was first approved by the House of Commons, must be approved by the governor-general for a final approval. This legislation is expected to create a multibillion dollar industry and pave the way for future legalization processes around the world.
Tony Dean, the senator who sponsored the bill in the chamber, told the New York Times, “Now we can start to tackle some of the harms of cannabis. We can start to be proactive in public education. We’ll see the end of criminalization and we can start addressing Canada’s $7 billion illegal market.” The bill will foster a culture around cannabis knowledge and education and likely decrease cannabis-driven organized crime.
Provincial governments will need eight to twelve weeks to prepare retailing systems, but experts say the recreational industry should be in full-swing by late October of 2018. The legislation itself was an essential piece of President Justin Trudeau’s platform in the 2015 election campaign. Additionally, the way in which Canada’s system will operate is not yet known, but the government is expected to make public detailed regulations in the coming months.
There will, however, be some limitations around cannabis sales. There will be strict limits on advertising marijuana, and experts speculate that it will likely be sold in uniform packages that carry health warnings. Initially, candies, baked goods, and other forms of edible marijuana products will continue to be banned. The minimum age for use will be 18 or 19 years old, but individual provinces are authorized to make those determinations individually.
Once formally approved, adults will be able to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public. They will also be allowed to cultivate up to four plants or prepare products for personal use. Initially, marijuana availability will vary across the country. However, with time, availability will become widespread; in Newfoundland and Labrador, marijuana will be available in grocery stores.