Canada to allow mail-order marijuana sales

Gladys Abbott
June 24, 2018

Speaking in French, t Justin Trudeau he prime minister added that the USA actions were "unacceptable". "Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate", wrote Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Twitter. Under the law, it will remain illegal for Canadians to take cannabis across the border into the United States, just as it will remain a criminal offense for Americans to bring cannabis into Canada.

During Question Period Wednesday afternoon, Justin Trudeau confirmed that Canadians can expect a full roll-out of legalization October 17, 2018 - several months after the projected July 1 date, but far sooner than some Canadians expected. "We always work in partnership with the provinces and since we passed these measures in Parliament and since we chose to move forward, we've been listening to the provinces who have been asking for more time to implement it".

Trudeau continues to note how "over the following months and indeed years we will completely replace or nearly completely replace the organized crime market on that".

The legislation will make Canada only the second country in the world to make pot legal. Provinces are also creating their own regulations regarding pot shops, home-growing and taxes. The law, however, does not go into effect immediately, so you can put your passport away for the moment.

The Canadian provinces of Quebec and Manitoba have already made a decision to ban home-grown pot, even though the federal bill specifies that individuals can grow up to four plants per dwelling.

The government is giving provinces and territories, as well as municipalities, 17 weeks to set up the new marijuana marketplace. "However, there may arise a challenge by an individual of another jurisdiction's law", she said.

One of Trudeau's first major policy pledges as leader of the Liberal Party was to legalize marijuana, a promise that became a central pillar of his party's 2015 federal election campaign.

"There is no point looking at pardons while the old law is on the books", he said.

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Finance Minister Bill Morneau has estimated Can USD 400 million in fiscal revenue, with a goal to keep prices low in order to end the black market for the drug. The overall North American index, which includes USA stocks, was up 2.3%.

And while public opinion polls show Canadians have widely supported legalization, introducing the legislation was the easy part for Trudeau's government.

While acceptance of legal recreational marijuana is a growing trend in the US, it still remains illegal on a federal basis and in most states, including IL.

The industry is also expected to take a different shape than the way it is now set up in nine American states where recreational marijuana is legal. That is lower than in USA states that have embraced legalization.

Bill C-45 passed 205-85, moving toward a debate and possible final vote by the Senate.

Many of his customers are Canadian tourists who are terrified of trying to bring pot across the border, he said.

"Canada should be applauded for taking bold and decisive steps towards ending the failed prohibition of marijuana", Hannah Hetzer, the Senior International Policy Manager for the Drug Policy Alliance, said in a statement.

"People ask me all the time, 'Isn't legalization in Canada going to hurt your business?'" he said.

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