Canada to legalize marijuana on October 17


This comes in response to opposition from Quebec and Manitoba who want to ban homegrown plants in their respective provinces.

Trudeau said the government delayed the timetable for lifting the nearly century-old prohibition on marijuana at the request of larger provinces, including Quebec, which asked for more time to make the transition to a legal regime for regulating the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis.

Senators last week approved nearly four dozen amendments to C-45.

"When you normalize the use of marijuana and you're a young person and you had certain reservations because of the smple fact that it was illegal, there's, I believe, a propensity to have somebody be more inclined to use it". Expected in the next week or two, they are keenly awaited by private operators as they will reveal the detailed rules for areas such as labelling and packaging, security clearances for employees and requirements for outdoor cultivation. "They said no. We asked them, 'Will you increase the control?' They said yes", explained Boisvenu.

The Senate gave final passage to the bill to legalize cannabis on Tuesday, legislation that will make Canada only the second country in the world to make pot legal across the country. But it rejected 13 amendments.

But senators voted 45-35 not to insist on that change.

The Senate's amendment was meant to avoid legal challenges of the provinces' constitutional authority to prohibit home cultivation. He said it wa time to respect the decision of MPs, who would be accountable to their constituents in next year's election.

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The bill is expected to receive royal assent within days, but that, in itself, will not lift Canada's near-century-old cannabis prohibition.

Harder said their role "demonstrated once again that the Senate has come into its own as an effective, influential and, indeed, indispensable platform in Parliament for the voices of Indigenous Peoples".

Other nations will be closely watching how Canada handles the rollout.

A report by the Conference Board of Canada released on Tuesday showed that more than half of Canadian employers are concerned about the potential use of marijuana in the workplace. Uruguay previously legalized marijuana in 2013.

All producers of cannabis will have to be licensed by Health Canada, while provinces will oversee the distribution of the dried cannabis and oils to the retail market.

Although the proclamation date was originally projected to be in September, Trudeau said that the extra month was requested by some of the "big" provinces - particularly Quebec to ensure that regulations are in place by the time Canadians can legally light up. Now the penalty for possession of the drug is five years in jail and for supplying it 14 years.

Many things about the new era of legal marijuana are already known.