Wednesday, October 17th, 2018. New York City – Finally, recreational cannabis is now legal in Canada after a nearly century-long ban. Today, Canada becomes the second country in the world to legalize the production, sales and distribution of recreational marijuana also known as Cannabis. Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Uruguay was the first to legalize pot in December, 2013. Will Mexico be next?
— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) October 17, 2018
“A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday.
The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and Justin Trudeau’s government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society’s changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system.
At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the country of 37 million people on the first day, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces.”_The Guardian
According to www.CPAC.ca, “Adults (19 years old in most jurisdiction) will be able to possess up to 30 grams of legal cannabis and grow four plants at home for personal use — except in Manitoba and Quebec, where the latter remains illegal.
As for taxes paid on cannabis, the federal government will keep 25% of excise revenue, up to an annual limit of $100 million. The rest goes to the provinces and territories.
In Ontario, recreational cannabis won’t be able to be sold in stores yet. But, the province has proposed that cannabis consumers will be able to smoke in public places where cigarettes are permitted.
Meanwhile, Alberta will have rules similar to alcohol. Ingesting cannabis products will be allowed on private property and in publicly-designated areas.”
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