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Canada Canada's Senate votes to legalize recreational marijuana

15:15  08 june  2018
15:15  08 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

Enforcement of pot legislation still hazy

  Enforcement of pot legislation still hazy Enforcement of pot legislation still hazyIn Vancouver's bustling downtown, sleek, modern posters with fashionable fonts and simple images are plastered on lamp posts. It's not until you take a closer look that you spot the rolled joints inside a sandwich or buds among a plate of broccoli.

Canada has taken a key step towards legalising recreational marijuana after senators voted in favour of new legislation permitting nationwide use of the drug. The upper chamber Senate voted 56 to 30 in favour of new rules on Thursday

Canada ’ s Senate voted on June 19, 2018, to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. (Chris Roussakis/AFP/Getty Images/file). The legalization of marijuana in Canada has implications for cross-border relations with the United States.

Canada's Senate on Thursday voted to legalize recreational marijuana, clearing a major hurdle that puts the country on track to become the first Group of Seven nation to permit national use of the drug.

The upper chamber Senate voted 56-30 in favor of the legislation but included amendments that the House of Commons will need to decide on before the law can be passed.

While there is not yet a definite date for when marijuana will be available for sale, the Senate was one of the last significant obstacles standing in the way of legalization as a number of Conservative senators oppose the bill.

a close up of a plant: FILE PHOTO: A marijuana plant is seen at the The Global Marijuana March in Toronto© REUTERS/Mark Blinch/File Photo FILE PHOTO: A marijuana plant is seen at the The Global Marijuana March in Toronto

Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor said earlier this year that marijuana would only go on sale a few months after it was legalized because the new retail system needs time to start working properly.

Notley says Alberta will be ready for legal pot, whenever it actually occurs

  Notley says Alberta will be ready for legal pot, whenever it actually occurs Notley says Alberta will be ready for legal pot, whenever it actually occursDespite ongoing uncertainty over when cannabis will officially become legal, Premier Rachel Notley says the Alberta government will be ready to roll when it comes to regulating and selling legal weed.

Legalizing recreational marijuana in Canada could spark an industry worth more than billion. The Senate is expected to vote on Bill C-45, a measure that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana for those over the age of 18, as early as Thursday.

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The amendments proposed by the Senate include tighter advertising restrictions and giving the provinces say over whether Canadians can grow marijuana at home. The government's legislation would allow Canadians to grow up to four plants at home for personal use.

Although legalization has already been delayed from the government's initially planned July launch, some provinces and police forces have argued they need more time. The provinces have been left in charge establishing how and where marijuana will be sold.

The Liberals, which made legalizing recreational use part of their successful 2015 election campaign, say the new law would keep marijuana out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crime.

Canadian marijuana companies like Canopy Growth Corp, Aphria Inc, Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF and Aurora Cannabis Inc have been at the center of investor frenzy surrounding attempts to legalize marijuana for recreational use nationwide.

(Reporting by Leah Schnurr in Ottawa and Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)

Canadian companies creating cannabis edibles .
Beer brewed with marijuana, baking mixes concocted to bring out the unique flavours of cannabis oil and good, old-fashioned pot cookies : Canadian companies are creating them all, but it's unclear when stores will legally be able to stock the edibles for recreational users.Instead, business owners have been getting creative to manufacture, refine and sell their products.Ottawa has pledged that recreational marijuana will become legal sometime this year and the Senate recently approved the pot legalization bill. But the federal government has said the sale of edible cannabis products will not be legal immediately.

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