Canada is set to become the first Group of Seven nation to legalise recreational marijuana after a bill from Justin Trudeau's government won the backing of the upper chamber. It remains to be seen whether this policy shift by our northern neighbors will inspire the USA government to embrace similar legislation.
For each gram of cannabis sold at or below USD 10, a Can USD 1 excise tax will be imposed, and distributed between the federal government (receiving a quarter of the funds) and the provinces.
Trudeau made the legalization of marijuana a major campaign promise, and he contends that the status quo enables youth to acquire marijuana too easily and encourages criminal activity. "In the meantime, the government will continue with public education initiatives to help Canadians understand the new legal framework for cannabis, including legalization timelines". Now that it's passed through both houses of Parliament, Trudeau has to decide the date when legalization is official.
"The legislation is transformative", said Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, adding it "marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis, leaving behind a failed model of prohibition".
Selling marijuana to an underage kids can get a person locked up in prison for up to 14 years.
Though nine states and Washington, D.C., have legalized recreational marijuana, it is still against the law to have it delivered through the mail in the U.S.
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Bill C-46, a companion bill that Wilson-Raybould predicts will give Canada the strongest impaired-driving rules in the world, is also expected to be passed in the next day or two by the Senate.
While there is certainly room for improvement in the language of C-45, it is still an incredible step forward for Canada and for the cannabis movement worldwide. "I don't think it is of such importance to warrant an extraordinary intervention". A fearless move on the part of the government'. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate.
Legal recreational sales are expected to contribute up to $4.34 billion, more than half of the total, while the illegal market may still generate at least $1 billion annually. But some health experts have anxious that the lower age will encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.
"We're going to have all those involved in illegal marijuana peddling right now becoming large corporation", Conservative Sen.
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.