Published By : 21 Jun 2018 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
In a historic announcement, Canada will become the first G7 nation to legalize the consumption and cultivation of cannabis on October 17. The announcement was made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Wednesday.
More Information on Canada’s decision to Legalize Marijuana
After both houses of the parliament voted in this week, Canada becomes the second nation in the world after Uruguay to legalize marijuana. Uruguay had made cannabis legal about five years ago. The drug will be legalized only from a recreational perspective, and no one will be allowed to leave or enter Canada with additional marijuana, with the pretext of selling it somewhere else.
According to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the country is dedicated to improve the marijuana system, for protecting their youth and to quash organized crime that might deal in this context. Further justification for implementing the law involves tracking the sale and consumption rates, thus getting an ideas how effective it can become. However, a delay in implementation of the law exists due to a request coming in various provinces to organize their sales in authorized stores. Thus, after accepting these requests, October seemed like a best time to start legalize the drug.
Cannabis has been banned in Canada since 1923, and only legalized its therapeutic uses in 2001. The new legislation will allow adults having age 18 or 19, to buy, grow, and consume cannabis in limited amounts. Every Canadian household will be allowed to grow up to four plants at home, and one person can carry up to 30 grams of the drug in public at one time.
The announcement has had widespread effect throughout the nation, as stocks of cannabis producers soared substantially. However, key ministers in the country have cautioned control over sale and consumption, saying that the decision to legalize is aimed at reducing drug trafficking and protecting youth from getting addicted.