Canada just legalized weed, and it’s looking better every day
Canada just became the second country in the world to legalize Recreational Weed (Uruguay was the first in 2013). Medical marijuana was already legal in Canada since 2001, but a 52-29 vote in Senate passed The Cannabis Act and furthered the legalization to recreational marijuana on Wednesday.
The date that the bill will officially become law will be decided after the bill receives Royal Assent, but it could be as soon as this upcoming September, allowing about three months for the marketplace to prepare and establish itself.
In Canada, adults will be allowed to purchase cannabis and cannabis oil from licensed sellers. They will also have the opportunity to buy weed online from federally licensed sellers. Canadians will also be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants per household.
Only one ounce of weed will be permitted in public. In order to legally buy and use weed in Canada, federal law says you must be 18 years old, but some provinces have bumped their regulation to 19.
The bill goes puts the Canadian government in a position to regulate the industry. A tweet from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows the country’s intentions to do just that.
It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate. #PromiseKept
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) June 20, 2018
You can’t fly with marijuana going in or out of the US, even if it’s medically prescribed, partially infused or in a state where it’s legal, since TSA follows the federal guidelines of the US. TPG is in the process of contacting Canadian authorities to find out how the bill will impact travel in Canada in the future.