Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Says Marijuana Will Be Legal in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada on Oct. 17.

Trudeau made the proclamation during question period Wednesday, saying the provinces wanted more time to implement the new regime than originally anticipated.

This announcement comes after a historic vote in the Senate Tuesday night to pass Bill C-45, the government’s legislation to legalize cannabis.

After more than a year of intensive study in both the House and Senate, the bill cleared the final legislative hurdle Tuesday evening, passing by a vote of 52 to 29 with two abstentions.

The bill still needs to receive Royal Assent, which is expected on Thursday.

Oct. 17 will be the day that the major social policy change will come into force.

It was previously expected that the date of implementation would be sometime in September, as the government was estimating it would take between eight and 12 weeks to allow for the provinces, territories, municipalities, police forces, and other stakeholders to make sure their piece of the pot pie is operating in accordance with the new rules.

The government has said the date would be informed by discussions with their provincial and territorial counterparts, which have been given the ability to set regulations…

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