Marijuana possession, home growing, and sales for adults was on Tuesday legalized in Canada following Senate approval of the Bill C-45 also known as the Cannabis Act.
The measure was already approved by the House of Commons, so the Senate’s approval means it’s now set to become law.As contained in the bill, individuals can now possess, grow, and sell marijuana for adults.
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Other the other hand, the federal government will oversee remaining criminal sanctions (for, say, selling to minors) and the licensing of producers, while provincial governments will manage sales, distribution, and related regulations — as such, provinces will be able to impose tougher rules, such as raising the minimum age.
For Canada’s ruling party, this fulfills a major campaign promise. When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party was elected in 2015, one of the main promises he ran on was to legalize the substance.
“We will legalize, regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.
“Canada’s current system of marijuana prohibition does not work. It does not prevent young people from using marijuana and too many Canadians end up with criminal records for possessing small amounts of the drug,” the Liberal Party declared on its campaign website.
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Canadian and provincial governments are expected to need two to three months before retail sales and other parts of the law can roll out.