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Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana Nationwide

July 21 2018, 08:06 | Irvin Gilbert

Parliamentary Secretary Bill Blair on CTV's Question Period

Bill Blair

It makes Canada the first G7 country to legalise the drug's recreational use and the second to have a nationwide, legal marijuana market, after Uruguay.

Government unveiled its marijuana legislation for the province back in May, including laws around safety, sales, and possession limits for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.

The Senate approved a bill from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to legalize cannabis, setting the stage for sales to begin in two to three months.

A bill ending the country's 95-year prohibition on cannabis passed Canada's Senate by a vote of 52 to 29, CTV reports.

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

Her comments seemed to suggest that Ottawa does not expect that the provincial regulations will hold up in court if an individual from one of those jurisdictions fought for the right to grow marijuana at home.

Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.

However Canada is the first major economy to do this nationwide.

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In the USA, it is only allowed in the states of Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, California, Massachusetts, Maine and Nevada. "It is important to state that up front", Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said.

"It ends 90 years of needless criminalization. I think it will be catastrophic for Canadian generations to come", Sen.

The move by Canada is likely to cause a headache south of the border, and twist an already strained relationship with the current USA government.

'Now we can start to tackle some of the harms of cannabis.

"There's still a lot of work to do despite the fact that this has been a very lengthy process", Cullen said, including training staff in stores and rolling out a public education campaign.

All producers of cannabis will have to be licensed by Health Canada, while provinces will oversee the distribution of the dried cannabis and oils to the retail market. "These are good things for Canada".

"Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", he tweeted. "It leaves behind a failed model of prohibition, a model that has made organized crime rich and left our young people vulnerable".

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

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