Canada Legalizes Cannabis
The Canadian Senate approved The Cannabis Act last night, making Canada the second country in the world to legalize marijuana. The country will now regulate all aspects of the marijuana market - production, sales and consumption. The decision to legalize cannabis comes following Uruguay being the first country to historically legalize the plant in 2013.
"Canada should be applauded for taking bold, decisive steps toward ending the failed prohibition of marijuana," Hannah Hetzer, Senior International Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, stated. "Canada's progress will galvanize support for drug policy reforms in the U.S. and all around the world."
Bill C-45 allows for the possession of up to 30 grams of cannabis flowers for adults over the age of 18. (Yes, 18, not 21.) According to the bill, marijuana must be sold in plain packaging with limited branding. There will also be penalties for driving under the influence and sales to minors. Each province of the country will be responsible for the decision-making on regulatory implementation, including home cultivation, public use and zoning.
Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal Party introduced marijuana legalization in their 2015 campaign platform.