After 7 long months of study, the Senate has voted in favor of the latest version of the Bill C-45, a legislation that makes Canada the first G7 country to legalize recreational cannabis.
As of this coming fall, residents of Canada will be able to smoke and grow legal cannabis without worrying about ramifications, as the Senate of Canada has voted 52-29 in favor of the latest version of the bill.
One of the focal points of the latest proposed set of changes is the amendment that allows provinces to decide for themselves whether to ban or allow private cultivation of cannabis (up to 4 plants per household). This amendment was rejected by the government just several days ago, something that Conservatives were not fond of, just like they were not fond of legalization in the first place.
As a matter of fact, Conservative Sen. Claude Carignan wanted to reinstate this amendment in the bill, which would have dragged everyone into a prolonged battle between the two houses of Parliament, but Senators voted no on that change.
“Why not have a regulated environment, why not have more education, why not have a health campaign about this? Let’s be above board as a country and lead the world.”, said Liberal Sen. Jim Munson.
Legalization will take effect in several months, however it is now up to provinces to get ready for the upcoming sales. Whether we will see an instant shortage of supply is yet to be seen, especially in Ontario which is projected to have the biggest cannabis market in Canada.
According to Deloitte’s latest survey, the most of current cannabis users in Canada are the youth, an issue that PM Justin Trudeau wanted to solve with this bill.
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
Be advised that cannabis in Canada is still illegal and that will remain such until October 17, so don’t smoke in public just yet.