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Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17

Trudeau: Canada to legalize marijuana on Oct. 17”

Canada will become the first G7 country to legalise the consumption and cultivation of cannabis from October 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday.

The adoption in the Senate of Bill C-45, the Cannabis Act, means that a legal, multibillion-dollar industry is set to appear in Canada, which will join Uruguay as one of the few countries where cannabis is legal nationwide. It was reported that the full legalized recreational pot market would open in an estimated eight to 12 weeks.

Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau. "If individuals are challenging that law, they can challenge it", Wilson-Raybould said.

Initially the federal government had hoped to launch retail sales by July this year. "This is an historic milestone for progressive policy in Canada as we shift our approach to cannabis", Wilson-Raybould said via Twitter Tuesday night.

Trudeau praised the vote in a tweet on Wednesday.

He justified the delay to implement the law by noting that provinces requested the extra time to organise sales in authorised stores.

"Producers need time to be able to actually prepare for a regimented and successful implementation of the regime".

Just last week our provincial bylaw in Quebec officially passed, and we were waiting for Parliament Hill to get their side of the coin together.

Legalizing marijuana on a recreational, national level was one of Trudeau's campaign promises, and "was seen as one of the reasons for the Liberal's strong showing among youth voters in the 2015 election".

People in this province will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis at a time and will have the right to grow up to four marijuana plants in their homes.

But she's reminding Canadians that until it goes into effect, recreational marijuana remains illegal, as is driving while impaired. British Columbia will allow the mix of publicly and privately owned shops, while Newfoundland and Saskatchewan will only allow private shops.

The main point of contention was in regard to a Senate amendment to allow provinces the jurisdiction to ban the home cultivation of cannabis.

The news was greeted with enthusiasm by marijuana advocates in the U.S.

While provinces can increase the minimum age, the intent is to continue to discourage Canadian youth from pot use, by establishing numerous same restrictions that exist for cigarettes and other tobacco products.

The prime minister said at a news conference that the goal is to take a significant part of the market share away from organized crime.

Statistics Canada estimates that the marijuana market in Canada was worth C$5.7 billion ($4.28 billion) in 2017. If that number holds true, marijuana would pass the liquor industry's profits in Canada.

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