The Canadian Senate has officially given the go ahead for cannabis legalization in a 52-29 vote Tuesday.
According to reports from the BBC, a start date for legal sales is expected to be announced after something called Royal Assent (which unfortunately does not mean that the Queen of England has to bless the new law, only some Governor General). The start date is anticipated to come sometime in September (which was pushed back from August which was pushed back from July).
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Tuesday: “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate. #PromiseKept” And now that he took care of Canadian cannabis, all that he has to worry about is President Trump trying to have him assassinated.
The specifics of how The Cannabis Act will work depends partially on how Canada’s provinces decide to set up their markets (they have 2-3 months to do so), but basically the New Weed Order will break down like this:
- Possession will be legal up to 30 grams.
- You can grow up to four plants.
- Depending on the province, you’ll be able to buy if you’re over either 18 or 19 years old.
- Cannabis flowers and oil will be made available in retail stores.
- They’ll also be available online through federally licensed producers.
- Edibles and other cannabis products will not be for sale right away. The government says it still has to figure that part out and that they’ll make it available within the first year.
- It will be illegal to buy from an unlicensed retailer.
- Those caught selling to a minor could be jailed for up to 14 years.
When legal sales begin, Canada will be the first G7 nation with federally legal cannabis sales.