October 17 the big day for legal weed, Trudeau confirms

Daniel Fowler
June 23, 2018

Canada will be just the second country - and the first G7 nation - to legalize marijuana for adults at the national level. Uruguay previously legalized marijuana in 2013.

Canadian Health Minister Ginette Petitpas showed strong support for home cultivation of marijuana last week following the government's rejection of 13 out of 46 amendments relating to the bill last week.

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been tweeting his support of the successful vote, writing: "It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits".

The provinces will organise the legal sale of cannabis in licensed stores, sometimes in government-controlled liquor stores, according to the new law. In Portugal, which famously relaxed its drug laws, the possession and use of the drug is decriminalized, but not legal.

Speaking today, Trudeau said: "We have been talking about this since well before we formed government".

As for his own company's next steps toward legalization, Linton is already looking beyond Canada's borders and hoping to catch European countries moving into the medical marijuana space. The federal law fulfills a top campaign promise of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Liberal Party. "Our plan to legalize and regulate marijuana just passed the Senate".

With cannabis legalized and a date set for recreational marijuana sales, Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton says this is a critical moment for executives across a variety of sectors.

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"This is a historic milestone for our industry and for our country that will reverberate around the world as Canada solidifies its progressive leadership on cannabis", said Vic Neufeld, CEO of Aphria in a press release.

"It has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth", the statement said. They also will be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households and prepare products such as edibles for personal use.

Adults will be able to possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis in public.

Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.

The government says it will broaden its public education activities to help Canadians understand the new legal framework for cannabis, including what will be legal and when, and to remind Canadians that it remains illegal to take cannabis across Canada's worldwide borders.

Edibles, or cannabis-infused foods, will not be immediately available for purchase but will be within a year of the bill coming into force.

Each province will have different takes on the law, such as a minimum age.

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