Canada’s parliament has passed a law legalising the recreational use of marijuana nationwide.
Canada prime minister Justin Trudeau said would shift the market for the drug away from organised crime and protect the nation’s youth. “It is our hope as of 17 October there will be a smooth operation of retail cannabis outlets operated by the provinces with an online mail delivery system operated by the provinces that will ensure that this happens in an orderly fashion. Over the following months and indeed years we will completely replace or almost completely replace the organised crime market on that
Canada is only the second country in the world to make cannabis legal nationwide.
Supporting the move, justice minister Jody Wilson-Raybould , ‘The legislation is transformative. The move “marks a wholesale shift in how our country approaches cannabis, leaving behind a failed model of prohibition”.
The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle by 52 votes to 29 in the Senate. The federal government had said provincial and territorial authorities will need eight to 12 weeks following the bill’s and royal assent to prepare for retail sales.
Uruguay became the first country to legalise cannabis in 2013, while a number of US states have also voted to permit recreational use of the drug.