government, which had expected legal recreational sales to begin on July 1, now says late August or early September looks more likely because the provinces and territories will need eight to 12 weeks to prepare.

The bill passed in the Senate by a vote of 52-29 on Tuesday to end the 90-year prohibition, however Canadians will have to wait at least a few months to legally buy marijuana.

The Federal Government of Canada states that as of october 17, adults in Canada will be legally allowed to buy fresh or dried cannabis, cannabis oils, and plants and seeds for cultivation "from either a provincially or territorially regulated retailer".

Trudeau, who in 2013 said he had smoked a joint with friends "five or six times", justified legalization on the grounds that it would take traffickers out of the equation and protect young people.

Uruguay became the first country to legalize the sale of cannabis for recreational use in December 2013 while nine U.S. states and the District of Columbia also allow recreational marijuana use.


As provinces decide local rules of implementation, marijuana availability will vary across the country.

Adults will be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants at home, although Manitoba and Quebec are expected to ban home cultivation, and carry up to 30 grams in public for personal consumption.

"Cannabis for non-medical use is not legal yet".

The country's senate passed a bill recently that will soon legalize recreational marijuana throughout the nation, becoming the second in the world to do so.

"It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits", the prime minister said in a Twitter message posted after the vote.


Conservative senators also raised other concerns, such as slower USA border crossings, th at kept the bill in the upper house for about seven months. "The evidence is very clear that cannabis can cause serious harm when it is misused".

For some, the new development means October 17 is going to be lit, but the government is focusing on how legalization and regulation will make for better marijuana education, less access for teens and lower organized crime rates. "We would like to commend the fearless advocates who spent years building momentum for change...to all Canadians who participated in turning an idea into reality, this is your moment to celebrate". "We're on the cusp of a sensible, responsible and equitable cannabis policy", she said.

Conservative senators, however, were not as joyous at the passage of the bill and the implications for Big Pot.

So far, the United States has yet to respond to Canada's historic move to make marijuana a part of legitimate commerce.


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