Prime Minister Trudeau on the Legalization of Canadian Cannabis
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday, June 20 that the recreational sale and use of marijuana would become legal across Canada starting Oct. 17 of this year. This comes not long after Canadian lawmakers passed the bill to legalize marijuana in the country via a 52-29 vote in the Senate. In a statement, Trudeau said that the date was pushed back due to the three "big" provinces in Canada asking for more time to prepare.
"We will soon have a new system in place, one that keeps cannabis out of the hands of our kids and keeps profits away from organized crime," he said during the speech. "We heard from provinces and territories, who told us, they needed 'more time' to transition to this new framework. So our government will continue to work in full partnership with them to ensure the smooth and orderly implementation of this new law across Canada."
The Canadian federal government had originally set the goal of having the recreational pot market open by July 1 of this year, but that date had obviously been pushed back. It was believed that each province would have a say in how cannabis was to be sold, distributed and priced under the legislation from the beginning.
"One of the things that we heard very clearly from the provinces is that they need a certain amount of time to get their brick and mortar stores, their online sales, ready," Trudeau said. "Producers need time to be able to actually prepare for a regimented and successful implementation of the regime. This is something that we want to get right." Legalizing marijuana on a recreational, national level was one of Trudeau's campaign promises, and "was seen as one of the reasons for the Liberal's strong showing among youth voters in the 2015 election."
The Federal Government of Canada states that as of Oct. 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." Those 18 and older in Canada will be allowed to have as much as 30 grams of dried Cannabis in public, share as much as 30 grams of cannabis with other adults and cultivate as many as four home plants per household.