Canada becomes second country to legalise recreational marijuana
October 17, 2018
The first recreational cannabis to be legally bought in Canada was purchased at midnight on Wednesday (02:30 GMT) on the eastern island of Newfoundland amid queues of hundreds of people.
Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise possession and use of recreational cannabis. Medical marijuana has been legal in the country since 2001.
Legalisation fulfils a 2015 campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the leader of the governing Liberal Party. The prime minister has argued that Canada’s nearly century-old laws criminalising use of the drug have been ineffective, given that Canadians are still among the world’s heaviest users.
Canada moves a step closer to legalising marijuana
June 08, 2018
A key legislative hurdle has been passed as Canada moves closer to legalising recreational cannabis.
Canadian senators passed the Cannabis Act by 56 votes to 30 with one abstention after studying the landmark legislation for six months.
Canada will be the first G7 nation to legalise recreational use of the drug. Medical use has been legal since 2001.
Even though the government keeps revising its timeline as to when recreational marijuana will be fully legal (it most likely won’t happen by July 1st 2018 as suggested back in the spring of 2017), the original promise had no timeline, so it’s still on track despite the delays. This promise will be updated accordingly if/when Bill C-45 receives royal assent.
Liberals to announce marijuana will be legal by July 1, 2018
March 27, 2017
The Liberal government will announce legislation next month that will legalize marijuana in Canada by July 1, 2018.
CBC News has learned that the legislation will be announced during the week of April 10 and will broadly follow the recommendation of a federally appointed task force that was chaired by former liberal Justice Minister Anne McLellan.
Federal marijuana legislation to be introduced in spring 2017, Philpott says
April 20, 2016
Federal legislation to legalize marijuana will be ready in a year, Canada's health minister told the UN at a special session of the General Assembly in New York today.
"We will introduce legislation in spring 2017 that ensures we keep marijuana out of the hands of children and profits out of the hands of criminals," Jane Philpott said in her prepared speech to delegates.