Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to making marijuana legal by this summer.
Canadian senators passed the Cannabis Act by 56 votes to 30 with one abstention after studying the landmark legislation for six months.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has committed to making marijuana legal by this summer.
Canada will be the first G7 nation to legalise recreational use of the drug. Medical use has been legal since 2001.The vote will now send the bill back to the House of Commons, where members of Parliament will decide whether to accept the dozens of amendments added to the legislation by the Senate.
Canadians will still have to wait up to 12 weeks after the bill finally becomes law before they can purchase recreational cannabis.
Mr Trudeau’s promise to legalise recreational marijuana has fuelled investment and speculation in the cannabis sector, with cultivators like Aphria and Canopy Growth becoming stock market darlings.
Source – BBC
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