Canada sets October start for legal recreational marijuana sales

Canada sets October start for legal recreational marijuana sales

Canada sets October start for legal recreational marijuana sales

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who announced plans to legalize the drug in April 2017, has rebuffed provincial leaders who say they need more time.

"We are accepting the request of the provinces, and we will be legalising it as of October 17, 2018", Trudeau said.

The Senate voted 52-29 in favor of the revised bill from the elected House of Commons, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

The federal government is basking in the hazy glow of its plan to legalize recreational marijuana, but it is reminding Canadians that pot remains illegal until the Cannabis Act actually goes into effect.

The legislation will make Canada only the second country in the world to make pot legal.

The new bill, known as The Cannabis Act, controls and regulates how the drug is grown, distributed and sold.

The news was also greeted with enthusiasm by marijuana advocates in the U.S. Don Hartleben, who manages Dank of America, a retail cannabis store just south of the border in Blaine, Washington, said Canada's legalization was not only politically exciting, but a potential business boon for him.

Under the bill, it will be illegal for anyone younger than 18 to buy pot, but allows for provinces and territories to set a higher minimum age.

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Meanwhile, under the new law as it stands, adults can possess no more than one ounce of cannabis in public.

"The overall message is, 'Yeah, Canada legalized cannabis, hooray, ' but the actual details is where there are a lot of devils", Emery said, "The civil liberties advocates, the lawyers, the people who represent the marginalized Indigenous, the youth, the poor - the victims of prohibition - we aren't celebrating today".

Mark Zekulin, president of Canopy Growth, told CTV's Power Play host Don Martin that while they would have been ready for a July implementation, "we'll take the breathing room".

On Tuesday Senators backed down on an amendment to the federal government's cannabis legalization bill that would have recognized the authority of provincial governments to ban home cultivation of marijuana plants if they so choose.

Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana's production, sale and consumption in December 2013.

"We recognize that anyone who is now purchasing marijuana is participating in illegal activity that is funding criminal organizations and street gangs", he said in January.

It's expected, however, that Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest.

In the neighboring US, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana.

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