Marijuana to be legal in Canada Oct. 17: Trudeau

Virginia Carson
June 23, 2018

The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 52-59.

Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, creates an overarching national regulatory framework and enables each province to establish its own system of licensing and regulating marijuana businesses.

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Speaking today, Trudeau said: "We have been talking about this since well before we formed government". Our plan to legalise & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate. Its "historic" approval officially ends the country's nearly century-long prohibition on the substance. The government has said that they are first focusing on repealing and replacing laws surrounding marijuana and will later address previous convictions.

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The move will make Canada the second country in the world to legalize cannabis for both medical and recreational purposes nationwide.

Until then, Wilson-Raybould said: "I would like to also remind the public that driving while impaired by drugs is, and will remain, illegal".

While Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said she was thrilled the Senate approved the bill, saying: "We're on the cusp of a sensible, responsible and equitable cannabis policy".

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The Federal Government of Canada states that as of October 17, adults in Canada will be legally allowed to buy fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oils, and plants and seeds for cultivation "from either a provincially or territorially regulated retailer".

It has been confirmed that Mississauga will be home to a CCBO location once the act passes. "It ends 90 years of needless criminalization, it ends a prohibition model that inhibited and discouraged public health and community health in favor of just-say-no approaches that simply failed young people miserably".

Medicinal use of the drug has been legal in Canada since 2001.

"We're very appreciative of the effort everybody's making, but I think Canadians expect us to do this in a responsible way and that's what we're aiming to do", Blair said. 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.

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While provinces can increase the minimum age, the intent is to continue to discourage Canadian youth from pot use, by establishing numerous same restrictions that exist for cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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