Canada is all set to join the exclusive group of countries around the world that legally allow recreational use of cannabis.
On Monday, Canada’s House of Commons voted to legalise cannabis and passed a bill accordingly. This move sets Canada on a path to become the first Group of Seven (G7) country to do so.
The bill is now back in the hands of the country’s senate, which had green flagged a version of it earlier this month.
Earlier today, Senate of Canada tweeted about discussing Bill C-45, which is the country’s act regarding cannabis.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had promised legalisation of weed during his prime ministerial campaign, still stands by his word despite criticism from conservative.
As a matter of fact, Trudeau has even admitted to smoking a joint or two in the past. Though he has clarified that he no longer plans to “light one up” even if his government makes it legal to do so.
“I don’t think so. Im not someone who has a history of using drugs,” Trudeau said at an event in 2016. “I lived in Whistler (British Columbia) for a few years, surrounded by friends who did. It was never my thing.”
Canadians are allowed to use medical marijuana with a prescription, but recreational use is illegal.
Trudeau said he wants to change the law for two reasons: to better protect young people from marijuana by providing increased control over points of sale and to take revenue away from organised crime.
News credit: Indiatoday