Canada votes to legalize recreational marijuana

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Canada votes to legalize recreational marijuana

Recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada on October 17, 2018, the prime minister announced on Wednesday afternoon.

"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.

Now that the bill has passed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet will set a date for the law to go into effect.

In a series of Facebook ads, the Liberal Party points out it kept its campaign promise to legalize recreational cannabis use.

The bill was officially proposed back in December 2017, which prompted several months of research, study, and discussion on the controversial topic. Canada will have its own legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks. The country's marijuana marketplace is expected to open for business in September.

On Twitter, Trudeau praised the bill and focused on Canada's youth.

"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits", the prime minister tweeted. "We would like to commend the fearless advocates who spent years building momentum for change...to all Canadians who participated in turning an idea into reality, this is your moment to celebrate". "Our plan to legalise [and] regulate marijuana just passed the Senate". "The law still remains the law", Canada's Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said, according to the CBC.

People in this province will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis at a time and will have the right to grow up to four marijuana plants in their homes.

The Netherlands in general, and Amsterdam in particular, have tolerated the sale and use of marijuana in iconic coffee shops since 1976.

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

All producers of cannabis will have to be licensed by Health Canada, while provinces will oversee the distribution of the dried cannabis and oils to the retail market.

'When you normalise 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'.

In the United States, BDS Analytics estimated that the pot industry took in almost $9 billion in sales in 2017.

Here are places where cannabis, also known as marijuana or pot, is already allowed for recreational or medical reasons.

The federal law makes the sale and recreational use legal, but how it will be sold is up to provincial governments.

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