Trudeau sets date for marijuana legalization in Canada

Darnell Taylor
June 23, 2018

Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that October 17 will be the first day for legal pot in Canada, stating that even with Bill C-45's successful in Parliament this week, giving a buffer period to the provinces and territories has been part of the plan all along.

Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, legalizes marijuana but leaves it up to each province to decide how to implements sales.

Canadian marijuana stocks have rallied in anticipation of legalization and jumped again on Wednesday.

"This is an historic milestone for progressive policy in Canada", tweeted justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould. Canada and the U.S.

TORONTO - Marijuana will be legal nationwide in Canada starting October 17 in a move that should take market share away from organized crime and protect the country's youth, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday.

Travelers should note that It is illegal, and will remain illegal once the Cannabis Act has come into force, for travellers to take cannabis out of Canada or to bring it back from other countries.

"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits", the prime minister said in a Twitter message posted after the vote.

"Canada's exciting, but we're missing a zero on the number of people we could address when we also do Europe", he said. Its "historic" approval officially ends the country's nearly century-long prohibition on the substance.

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The move by Canada is likely to cause a headache south of the border, and twist an already strained relationship with the current U.S. government. In Portugal, which famously relaxed its drug laws, the possession and use of the drug is decriminalized, but not legal.

"Marijuana is a less harmful substance than alcohol, and Canada is about to start treating it that way".

"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".

Zandberg estimates that the legal market will produce $2.5 billion in sales in 2018, which will grow to $10.2 billion annually within four years.

However there was some resistance by health experts anxious that the low age of 18 would encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.

Conservative senators, however, were not as joyous at the passage of the bill and the implications for Big Pot.

'When you normalise the use of marijuana and you're a young person and you had certain reservations because of the simple fact that it was illegal, there's, I believe, a propensity to have somebody be more inclined to use it'.

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