Recreational Marijuana Legalized
CBJ — Canada has become the first industrialized western nation to make the use of recreational marijuana legal.
In Ottawa, the Senate voted to pass Bill C-45, the government’s legislation to legalize cannabis.
It took more than a year for the Bill to pass, after intense scrutiny. The final vote was 52-29 in favour.
The legislation — an electoral promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party –allows adults in Canada to legally possess and use small amounts of recreational cannabis.
Although there is a provision for people to grow up to four plants in their own dwelling, Quebec and Manitoba has already ruled they will not allow it. Instead, cannabis must be purchased from an accredited retail seller. It’s not yet known if any other provinces or territories will follow suit.
It’s expected the purchase of marijuana will likely be available to Canadians over the age of 18 later this summer. The government ultimately opted to legalize the drug and take in the billions of dollars in tax revenue that it will generate.