Canada becomes second country to legalize recreational marijuana at federal level

Canada will be the first G7 country to allow the cultivation distribution and sale of the drug for recreational purposes nationwide once the law comes into force

Canada will be the first G7 country to allow the cultivation distribution and sale of the drug for recreational purposes nationwide once the law comes into force

Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001, and in response to popular opinion, the Liberal Party committed to legalizing it for personal use during the elections of 2015.

The senate has passed a bill to legalize recreational marijuana (cannabis).

"And therefore we do not want to encourage in any way people to engage in that behaviour until the law is changed". "Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter. Its "historic" approval officially ends the country's nearly century-long prohibition on the substance.

"I am proud of the work accomplished by our Government, Parliamentarians, and all Canadians who contributed to this important shift in our country's approach to cannabis", says Jody Wilson-Raybould, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada.

In Ottawa the big political question will now be the prospect of amnesty for those with previous marijuana-related criminal convictions, as even minor convictions can mean a Canadian is barred from entering the United States and other countries.

Cannabis has been legal in a number of areas in Canada already, mostly for medicinal purposes, but this will grant full permission for the recreational use of the drug throughout the country.

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The Canadian Government largely followed the advice of a marijuana task force which recommended that adults should be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis and grow up to four plants. Marijuana purchases must be made through government-approved vendors that will be regulated by state and province. As with alcohol, driving while impaired by cannabis is illegal.

Trudeau said in Parliament that the government is committed to better protecting Canada's youth and hopes to take money away from organized crime. It was said most of previous year that legal sales would pop off in the beginning of July 2018 - right around Canada Day.

Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan attempted Tuesday to have the home-grow amendment reinstated - which would have sent the bill back to the House of Commons and could have set the stage for a protracted parliamentary battle between the two houses of Parliament.

According to the MailOnline, each province in Canada is now coming up with rules for the sale of recreational marijuana.

"We're very appreciative of the effort everybody's making, but I think Canadians expect us to do this in a responsible way and that's what we're aiming to do", Blair said.

The most controversial aspect of Canada's move to legalize marijuana nationwide has been setting the minimum age for use at 18 or 19, depending on the province.

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