Canada becomes 2nd country to fully legalize marijuana
23 June, 2018, 17:37 | Author: Sara Gill
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The Senate had wanted to remove the provision that allowed police to conduct random roadside alcohol tests, but the House of Commons sent a message to the Upper Chamber saying it would be rejecting that change, despite accepting others.
In the Commons, New Democrat MP Don Davies attempted to pass a motion calling on the government to immediately pardon Canadians convicted of simple cannabis possession - something that will no longer be a crime as of October 17.
According to a report published by Deloitte, almost two-thirds of current cannabis consumers are likely to transition to legal channels and pay more for product post-legalization. The motion did not muster the necessary unanimous consent.
'When you normalise the use of marijuana and you're a young person and you had certain reservations because of the simple fact that it was illegal, there's, I believe, a propensity to have somebody be more inclined to use it'. Canada's law prevents any province from enacting its own ban on marijuana, and may even prevent them from regulating home growns, as stated above.
The Senate chose to ignore the objections of three Canadian provinces-Manitoba, Quebec, and Nunavut-against the provisions regarding home grown plants. But she suggested provinces could face legal challenges in doing so.
The government is giving provinces and territories, as well as municipalities, 17 weeks to set up the new marijuana marketplace. That is not our place.
When asked if the government is considering amnesty or pardons for people who have criminal records for marijuana crimes, Ms. Wilson-Raybould said the issue is under "consideration" by Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. The end of 90 years of prohibition. Instead of bouncing the bill back and forth like they could have, however, the Senate held a vote which passed 52 to 29 with two abstentions, putting Canada one step closer to a legalization date. Only dried flower, oils and seeds will be available for purchase.
In addition, the government will start to look for a way to clear the criminal records of hundreds of thousands of Canadians who were convicted of simple possession under prohibition.
Canadians will be able to buy and consume the drug legally as early as this September. It builds in a requirement for fundraisers to be advertised publicly in advance if they cost $200 or more per ticket and feature the prime minister, cabinet ministers, party leaders, or party leadership candidates.
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