Connect with us

Government

Canada Senate Passes Legalization of Recreational Marijuana

Recreational marijuana will soon be legal in Canada, being the second country to do so.

Published

on

Yesterday, Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalize the recreational use of marijuana.

Senators passed the federal government’s bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, and is making waves for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

Canadian Senator Tony Dean stated to reporters yesterday, “It ends 90 years of needless criminalisation, it ends a prohibition model that inhibited and discouraged public health and community health in favour of just-say-no approaches that simply failed young people miserably.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released a statement on Twitter saying

The government had planned for the bill to be passed by both houses of Parliament in time for retail sales to begin by July 1st, however the timeline was pushed back after the Senate requested more time to review the bill.

However, Canada’s measure restricts marketing and advertising just as the US does with the tobacco industry. Jon Caulkins, a drug policy expert stated to Vox “For public health purposes, “every serious researcher around the world thinks it’s a very good idea to restrict advertising of tobacco, alcohol, any dependence-inducing substance.”

In Canada, since it is legalized at a federal level, it’s going to be a bit different than the United States. Since cannabis is illegal at the federal level, asking state employees to run marijuana shops would be illegal.

The difference is, government-run marijuana shops is that they could be better for public health, due to the fact they generally will be more aware of public health and safety.

Canadians will be able grow up to four plants in their own home and carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use. Also, the minimum age of consumption will fluctuate between 18 or 19 years depending on the province.

Are you looking for digital journalism training and experience? Are you a journalism major who wants to take your career to the next level? CMN’s Digital Journalism course gives you real-time experience, intense feedback on your writing, exposure to journalism influencers and mentors, and a great place to display your work. You can get academic credit too. Check out the Digital Journalism Course here.

Erin Whitten is currently CMN's Senior Correspondent and is currently a student at Arizona State University majoring in Mass Communications and Media Studies.

Sign up for the Morning Scoop

and wake up with us each day.

CMN Reports

National News3 days ago

CNN Sues Trump Administration Over Jim Acosta Access

CNN file a lawsuit against President Trump

by , Mercy College
2018 Midterms6 days ago

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Wins a Third Term

Many government officials from New York were reelected and new faces were elected into government in Tuesday's Midterm Election.

by , Mercy College
2018 Midterms1 week ago

Electoral Reform and Voting Rights Expansion Won Big in the Midterms

From Florida to Michigan, voting rights expansions and electoral reform are making gains.

by , The Catholic American University
National News1 week ago

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Hospitalized After Fracturing Ribs in a Fall

The Supreme Court Justice fell in the office on Wednesday night

by , Cal Poly SLO
Academics1 week ago

Analysis: Adolescent Mental Health Issues are on the Rise and Gun Violence is to Blame

Children are rightfully beginning to fear going to school because of the massive amount of school shootings within recent years.

by , The College of New Jersey
Health2 weeks ago

First FDA Approved Cannabis-Based Drug Available for Prescription

CBD has been known to treat seizures for years, but now the FDA is on board, making it legal for...

by , CMN Senior Correspondent
Government2 weeks ago

Multiple Suspicious Devices Sent to Prominent People in the Democratic Party

Several devices sent to various locations within a few days.

by , Mercy College
Government2 weeks ago

Authorities Make Arrest in Mail Bomb Case

The pipe bomber was identified as Cesar Sayoc, Jr. from Aventura, Florida.

by , Mercy College

Top Reads