"Now that the Prime Minister has announced that recreational marijuana will become legal in Canada on October 17, 2018, it is important to remember that our existing laws are still in place until they are repealed and replaced".
Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor has said the provinces will need two to three months after the bill is passed before they'll be ready to implement the new legalized cannabis regime.
"That's why we're accepting the request of the provinces and that's why we'll be legalizing it as of October 17, 2018", he told a news conference.
Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana by mid-September at the latest after the Senate voted Tuesday to lift nearly a century-old prohibition on cannabis.
Both houses of parliament voted this week to legalise the drug for recreational use, making Canada the second country worldwide to do so after Uruguay's move five years ago. But Canada's new law may be a disappointment for criminal justice advocates, as it does not decriminalize weed or pardon past marijuana convictions.
Federal regulation will allow those 18 and older to purchase marijuana in various forms, including edibles and cannabis-infused foods, but some provinces have set the age at 19.
"And therefore we do not want to encourage in any way people to engage in that behaviour until the law is changed". The Senate eventually deferred to the government's position of allowing Canadians to grow up to four marijuana plants in their home.
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"At some level, we know that spending more than half of your waking hours intoxicated for years and years on end is not increasing the likelihood that you'll win a Pulitzer Prize or discover the cure for cancer", Jon Caulkins, a drug policy expert at Carnegie Mellon University, told Vox.
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Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, who promised on the campaign trail that his government would legalise cannabis, hailed the decision. It was said most of past year that legal sales would pop off in the beginning of July 2018 - right around Canada Day.
Federal and provincial consumption taxes will also apply - varying between 10 to 15 per cent depending on the province.
While acceptance of legal recreational marijuana is a growing trend in the USA, it still remains illegal on a federal basis and in most states, including IL.