Canada is one step closer to legalizing recreational cannabis

Canada is one step closer to legalizing recreational cannabis

Canada is now the second country in the world to legalize marijuana, paving the way for recreational marijuana sales throughout the country.

The legislation will allow Canadians to buy and consume weed as soon as September, the BBC reports.

Canada has become the first country falling under the list of G7 nations to legalise cannabis.

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

Canada's Senate has passed the federal government's bill to legalize recreational marijuana on a national level.

The government has said the date will be informed by discussions with their provincial and territorial counterparts, which have been given the ability to set regulations in their jurisdictions as to how a legalized marijuana regime will operate.

While a Sky Data poll has found most Britons agree that cannabis should be made legal for medicinal purposes, it is a far more even split when it comes to recreational use - with 41% in favour and 40% against.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday said that marijuana will be legal across the country starting October 17, according to The Associated Press. Cannabis will be strictly regulated, with the objective of keeping it out of the hands of young people and displacing the thriving black market in cannabis controlled by organized crime.

Twenty-nine states and the capital have legalised marijuana for medical use. This is monumental for Canada, which has now officially ended over 90 years of prohibition on the magical plant that does so much more than just give you warm fuzzy brain feelings.

According to NPR, the bill will allow anyone over the age of 18 to possess no more than 30 grams of marijuana.

"Now we can start to tackle some of the harms of cannabis", said Sen. Significant market disruption is likely in the country's alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries as well, he said.

Based on consumption data from past year, Statistics Canada has estimated that the market will be worth Can$5.7 billion (€3.7 billion).

"The only other country doing this on a national scale is Uruguay".

"Canada should be applauded for taking bold and decisive steps towards ending the failed prohibition of marijuana", Hannah Hetzer, the Senior International Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement.

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