Canada legalises recreational marijuana

Geraldine Edwards
June 20, 2018

The Trudeau government rejected that amendment and now senators have voted 45-35 against insisting on it.

The Senate had proposed 46 amendments to The Cannabis Act but the Liberal government rejected several major ones last week - including one provision that would have affirmed the provinces' right to ban home cultivation of marijuana.

The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 52-29 today.

The Senate's amendment was meant to avoid legal challenges of the provinces' constitutional authority to prohibit home cultivation. "A courageous move on the part of the government", the bill's sponsor Sen. The government accepted 27 of them and tweaked two others.

"It is already possible for Canadians to grow cannabis for medical purposes and we absolutely believe the legislation should be consistent when it comes to recreational cannabis".

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"That does not in any way suggest that it's now party time".

Five different Senate committees minutely examined various aspects of the legalization bill, hearing from more than 200 witnesses.

In particular, he applauded Indigenous senators for raising concerns about the lack of consultation with Aboriginal communities.

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

Canada has passed a landmark law that legalises the recreational use of marijuana nationwide.

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Only Uruguay has made recreational marijuana legal at the federal level.

Canada's federal government started the arduous journey to legalization in April 2017.

And while public opinion polls show Canadians have widely supported legalization, introducing the legislation was the easy part for Trudeau's government.

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. Now the penalty for possession of the drug is five years in jail and for supplying it 14 years.

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