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Canada legalises recreational marijuana

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Starting today Wednesday 17th October 2018, Canadians above the age of 18 can now buy recreational marijuana. This is according to a law passed by the Canadian Senate in June.

The law says that anyone above the age of 18 can carry and share up to 30 grams of cannabis. Canadians are also allowed to grow up to four types of marijuana plants in their homes and buy from provincially regulated retailer.

The goal of the law, which was passed in June with effective date scheduled for 12.01 am today, is to reflect the changing views of the public about the use of recreational marijuana and to bring black market operators into a regulated market. 

By this action, Canada becomes the second country in the world after Uruguay to legalise the production, sales and use of recreational marijuana. The use of medical marijuana is legal in Canada since 2001. Uruguay legalised the production, sales and consumption of recreational marijuana in December 2013.

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, believes that it is too easy for under-age users to get Cannabis in Canada and thus the legislation is a fulfilment one of his campaign promises to the people as a strategy to curb under-age users.

In June when the Cannabis Act was passed by the Senate, the Prime Minister said:”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.”