"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits". Today, we change that. "Our plan to legalize and regulate marijuana just passed the Senate". The Senate passage of the bill was the final hurdle in the process.
It's good with the man, man Unlike the United States, where states that legalize medical and recreational cannabis are in direct conflict with federal law, Canada's federal government has been working to end prohibition since Trudeau was elected in 2015.
The bill still needs royal assent from the governor general, which is likely to happen soon.
The act to legalize the recreational use of weed was first introduced on April 13, 2017, and was later passed at the House of Commons in November.
The main point of contention was in regard to a Senate amendment to allow provinces the jurisdiction to ban the home cultivation of cannabis.
Senator Andre Pratte said it wasn't worth creating a political crisis to hold up the legislation over home grown plants. "If Canadians are looking for extra reasons to do so, then so be it, but I think it's important for Canadians to make their own choices on how they want to spend their money".
Conservative senators also raised other concerns, such as slower U.S. border crossings, th at kept the bill in the upper house for about seven months. There will be an election in Quebec on October 1, which helps to explain why the provincial government sought more time.
Asked why he thought Trump had singled him out for such a personal attack, and why Canada's appears to now to be firmly in the president's crosshairs, the prime minister dodged the question, saying he was going to stay on task. "The legislation is transformative", she told reporters on Wednesday (Thursday NZT). "It leaves behind a failed model of prohibition".
For each gram of cannabis sold at or below USD 10, a Can USD 1 excise tax will be imposed, and distributed between the federal government (receiving a quarter of the funds) and the provinces.
There are tough restrictions on packaging and advertising to ensure that smoking doesn't appeal to youth.
Each Canadian household will be allowed to grow up to four plants at home, and one person may carry up to 30 grams of the drug in public.
You don't have to be 21 Another major difference between recreational cannabis sales in Canada and America will be the age at which you can buy legal pot.
Police can still write tickets for some minor infractions, a downgrade from the old system that often meant criminal charges could be filed.
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