Canada Passes Historic Bill Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

Nellie Chapman
June 20, 2018

Harder noted that the bill already allows provinces to limit home cultivation to just one plant, if they choose.

The Senate passed Bill C-45 by a vote of 52 to 29 with two abstentions, lifting a prohibition on the recreational use of marijuana that has been in place since 1923.

The vote will now move the legislation back to the country's Senate, which had already approved a version of the bill.

One of Trudeau's first major policy pledges as leader of the Liberal Party was to legalize marijuana, a promise that become a central pillar of his party's 2015 federal election campaign.

"A courageous move on the part of the government", he told CBC.

Canadian marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp, Aphria Inc, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF and Aurora Cannabis Inc have been at the center of investor frenzy surrounding attempts to legalize marijuana for recreational use nationwide.

The Trudeau government rejected that amendment and senators voted 45-35 against insisting on it.

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"We have been working with our partners across the country to make this happen and we are going to be moving forward this summer on the legalisation of cannabis".

The Senate's amendment was meant to head off any legal challenges to the provinces' constitutional authority to prohibit home cultivation.

The Canadian government planned for retail sales to start in the beginning of July, but the start date was pushed because the Senate required more time to review the bill. We'll see the end of criminalisation and we can start addressing Canada's $7 billion illegal market.

And while public opinion polls show Canadians have widely supported legalization, introducing the legislation was the easy part for Trudeau's government.

Only Uruguay has made recreational marijuana legal at the federal level.

The ready availability of illegal cannabis on Britain's streets showed that any war on the drug had been "comprehensively and irreversibly lost", he wrote.

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