Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use nationwide


In the neighbouring USA, nine states and the District of Columbia have legalised marijuana.

"To complement the Cannabis Act, Bill C-46, which is now in the Senate, will provide new powers for police and strengthen penalties for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs". The South American country of Uruguay was first.

The country's senate passed a bill recently that will soon legalize recreational marijuana throughout the nation, becoming the second in the world to do so.

Mr Trudeau's Cabinet is expected to decide a legalisation date in early or mid-September.

"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. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", he tweeted.

Canada's Health Minister Ginette P Taylor welcomed the move and said she was "so proud" of it.

"Obviously the current approach - the current prohibition of marijuana - has not worked to protect our kids, to keep the money out of the pockets of organised crime and that's why we're bringing in a new legalised framework around marijuana", Guardan quoted him as saying.

Each Canadian household will be allowed to grow up to four plants at home, and one person may carry up to 30 grams (one ounce) of the drug in public.

This legislation proposes changes to the impaired driving laws to give police new powers to conduct roadside intoxication tests, including oral fluid drug tests, and would make it illegal to drive within two hours of being over the legal limit.

However, stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana. Marijuana purchases must be made through government-approved vendors that will be regulated by state and province. It also said marijuana should not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco. Those who share cannabis to minors will also be penalised. It sets out parameters around the production, possession, safety standards, distribution, and sale of the drug.

Recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada as of October 17. The revenue from the sales is equivalent to the entire snack bar industry.

The Federal Government of Canada states that as of October 17, adults in Canada will be legally allowed to buy fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oils, and plants and seeds for cultivation "from either a provincially or territorially regulated retailer". Some provinces, like Ontario, are planning on provincially run outlets, while others, like Alberta, will open up marijuana retail to the private sector.