Canada has legalized the use of recreational marijuana in the whole country making it the second country in the world to do so.
- Marijuana continues to be legalized in Canada and meets a campaign pledge by Prime Minister Trudeau
- The legalization took effect on October 17
- Adults aged 18 and above can now grow, use and share licensed marijuana
- It is illegal to carry marijuana into or from Canada’s borders.
- Canada has made lawful the use of recreational marijuana becoming the second country to do so on the planet.
- The move was welcomed with cheers and long queues as people line up to buy marijuana which started selling on October 17.
The legalization of Marijuana is a fulfillment of a campaign promise made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau which he believed was the solution to reduce offenses related to marijuana abuse in addition to protecting kids from using it. Acting with this pledge, the Upper House of Parliament in Canada approved a revised invoice paving way for the sales of marijuana in retail stores in the whole country. The Cannabis Act aims to control production, distribution, the sale and use of marijuana in Canada.
Henceforth, it will now be possible for adults to purchase and use recreational weed. By extension, an adult can also grow marijuana either for private use. Some caregivers are, however, pessimistic about the legalization of marijuana but the Act has tried to dispel these concerns through a rigorous raft of regulatory measures.
How Old Do You Have to Be Consume Recreational Weed?
Only adults over 18 years of age will be allowed to use marijuana. However, the age limit is not the same across the country and varies from one state to another. By way of example, it is 18 on Alberta and Quebec but 19 in the remaining territories. A individual is only allowed to be in possession of 30 grams of legal bud and can share legal bud of a similar amount with other users of legal age. If one household intends to grow marijuana for personal, they need to plant a maximum of 4 licensed seeds or seedlings.
As of now, there are not many retail stores selling the item but many controlled stores are certainly going to come up.
For those who would like to travel with marijuana across Canadian borders, they will find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It is illegal to be in possession of marijuana regardless of whether you’re coming into or going out of Canada.
Additionally it is good news for those currently serving convictions as a result of being in possession of not more than 30 grams of marijuana. Soon, the authorities will start implementing strategies to pardon them.
Canada now joins Uruguay which legalized recreational use of marijuana in December 2013. 9 states in the US have also legalized recreational marijuana with medical marijuana being legalized in 30 states.