Canada becomes 2nd country to fully legalize marijuana

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"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits", Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on social media.

The Canadian government plans to legalize recreational marijuana by the July date, regardless of provincial fears that there is not enough time to address questions about regulating and taxing use of the drug.

Come October 17 and Canada will become the first member of the Group of Seven to legalise the growing and consumption of cannabis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Wednesday, June 20.

"We heard from provinces and territories who told us they needed more time to transition to this new framework", he said.

Marijuana legalization has overcome its last hurdle and we'll see legal pot sales in eight to 12 weeks as all that's left is for the provinces to get ready for the sale and distribution of cannabis. "And over the following months, and indeed years, we will nearly completely replace the organised crime market on that".

While many nations have decriminalized marijuana, Uruguay had previously been the only country to legalize marijuana nationwide.

While production of cannabis is regulated by the federal government, provinces and cities have more powers over retail sales either through private or government-owned stores.

The "historic" decision, which already passed in the House of Commons, ends 90 years of prohibition and will likely impact Canada's criminal justice system.

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Meanwhile, under the new law as it stands, adults can possess no more than one ounce of cannabis in public.

Quebec and Manitoba have already chose to ban home-grown pot, even though the bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling.

Current federal rules will allow provinces to set limits on the number of plants (between 1 and 4) but will not allow provinces to ban home cultivation outright. "If individuals are challenging that law, they can challenge it", Wilson-Raybould said.

But Mr Trudeau said it was "illogical" to start talking about amnesty and pardons before the law is changed.

Passage of the bills had Trudeau and his ministers basking in the glow of finally delivering on one of the Liberals' biggest campaign promises in 2015.

While acceptance of legal recreational marijuana is a growing trend in the US, it still remains illegal on a federal basis and in most states, including IL. In the United States, marijuana is illegal under federal law, though legal in certain states.

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

Bill C-45, also known as the Cannabis Act, was first introduced on April 13, 2017, in a bid to legalize and regulate the recreational use of weed.