Published: Thu, June 21, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Canada legalises recreational cannabis

Canada legalises recreational cannabis

'We've just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. A proposed Senate amendment would have prevented legal challenges to their constitutional right to do so.

While Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said she was thrilled the Senate approved the bill, saying: "We're on the cusp of a sensible, responsible and equitable cannabis policy".

Wilson-Raybould said that passage of the legislation "marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis".

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

Expect a lot of stories to come out about these debates, and keep in mind to get out to Quebec's election this fall and ensure our provincial government won't fall into the hands of politicians vocally against the Cannabis Act of Canada.

"I think it's bad that the priority of the Liberal government is, after rushing this thing through, to fundraise off the backs of the legalization of marijuana instead of addressing the very serious concerns that were raised about how slow they've been with public education, about workplace safety, about the traffic death potential", she said.

Mr. Trudeau made the announcement in the House of Commons on Wednesday, the day after the bill passed its final vote in Parliament.

"They seem to take every opportunity to use what they do in government to raise money for the party instead of keeping the lines separate".

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Since 2012, a controversial law applied in three southern provinces has banned the sale to non-residents and tourists.

The government then rejected the Senate's changes, and as of Wednesday afternoon, the issues surrounding Bill C-46 are still not resolved.

While the Federal Government prepares to unleash recreational cannabis on Canadians, the provincial government is gearing up to distribute and sell pot to people in the province.

However, eight states and the capital Washington DC have legalised marijuana for recreational use, with the last to date, California, becoming on 1 January 2018 the biggest legal market in the world.

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

Conservative Senator Larry Smith chastised the government for "failing to educate" children about the dangers of cannabis use ahead of legalisation.

Conservative senators also raised other concerns, such as slower USA border crossings, that kept the bill in the upper house for about seven months.

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