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Canada’s Senate passes weed bill, legalization weeks away

Marijuana will be legal within weeks.



Eli Ridder | Report

Canadian senators voted on Tuesday evening to pass the federal government’s landmark bill legalizing recreational marijuana nationwide, setting the country up for a legal weed market within some eight weeks.

Bill C-45 passed with 52 votes for to 29 against, along with two abstentions, and is now headed for royal assent by the governor general.

The legislation was a key platform of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his federal Liberal Party when they swept to power in 2015.

Initially, Mr. Trudeau and his party aimed to have a legalization take place by July 1 of this year, but that timeline was pushed back after the Senate requested more time.

A tweet from Trudeau praised the bill’s passing saying that was “too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits.”

“Today we change that,” he wrote.

“I’m feeling just great,” said Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate and was proud of the Red Chamber’s work, reported CBC News.

“We’ve just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government.”

The prime minister’s office and federal cabinet will chose the actual date when pot becomes legal but there is a provisional pause to give the provinces time to set up for recreational sales.

In Ontario, a branch of the alcohol-selling LCBO branded as the OCS, or the Ontario Cannabis Store, will be the designated government agency for consumer weed.

More details to follow. Image of marijuana from social media.  ■

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