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Canada's Trudeau says cannabis will become legal in mid-October

23 June, 2018, 17:38 | Author: Shawna Walton
  • Legalisation of the drug was a 2015 campaign promise of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana-and for criminals to reap the profits", Trudeau said on Twitter. Trudeau said: "One of the things that we heard very clearly from the provinces is that they need a certain amount of time to get their bricks-and-mortar stores and their online sales ready".

The provinces who want a ban are expected to take their battle to the courts sometime in the future.

Some provinces, however, are far ahead of others.

However, that's no longer a concern as we're off to the races and companies like Canopy Growth Corp (TSX:WEED)(NYSE:CGC) can start putting their plans into motion as recreational pot sales will result in huge increases in demand, and share prices could soar even higher.

"There's going to be a wide array of how quickly the retail storefronts actually roll out across the country", Fraser said.

Wilson-Raybould called the legislation - which still requires royal assent to become law - "transformative" and predicted it would protect young people and keep organized crime out of the pot market.

The bill set a floor on the minimum age of the consumer at 18 years, and makes the production, distribution, or sale of cannabis products an offense for minors. Originally, the government had planned for only a two-to-three-month gap between the bill passing and legalization. Each adult can grow up to four cannabis plants at home, although the household limit is also four, so roommates and spouses can't all grow together.

"The law still remains the law", Ms. Wilson-Raybould told reporters.

If it wins, it seems likely Manitoba and Nunavut will enact their own laws. Absent this new law, they have similar lists of banned drugs. But there have been previous suggestions that the White House may try and stem the recreational use by enforcing federal laws to override individual states. Cabinet ministers have indicated pardons are being considered, but have not made any promises.

THE Canadian parliament has passed a bill to legalise the use of cannabis in a recreational capacity. "I believe in letting the market dictate", he added.

"We applaud Canada for showing federal legislators in the United States what can be accomplished with true leadership and dedication to sound public policy", Altieri said in a statement. This is a nation based on the rule of law. "That's why we are accepting the request of the provinces and we be legalizing [marijuana] as of October 17".

As far as driving under the influence goes, the government says law enforcement can now detect drug-impaired driving using standard field sobriety testing and drug recognition expert evaluation.


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