Canada’s House of Commons has now officially voted to legalize marijuana, sending the amended bill back to their Senate; Canada has released the cannabis act last Tuesday in a 52 against 29 votes in the Senate. According to authorities, the bill regulates and controls the use of the drug and how it can be grown, spread or even sold.
the The Federal Liberals have been pushing to legalize recreational weed in Canada which was facing serious setbacks, from the Senate to Indigenous groups to health regulators and the industry was taking a hit in the markets. Prime Minister Trudeau has promised that the bill will pass and will put an end to the pot black market.
Apparently, starting this September, Canadians are now free to buy and consume marijuana, making Canada the second country to legalize the recreational use of drugs, after Uruguay. Despite the believe that the US also did so, but it was only a number of states that voted to permit the use of drugs, back in 2013.
The bill is suggested to receive a royal assent this coming week, after which the Canadian government will choose the official date when the law could be enforced.
Canada has had a ban for 95 years on recreational cannabis, if the bill passes it will allow for federal government to regulate the production and passion of marijuana with an eighteen plus age limit. Canada has already legalized medical marijuana for about seventeen years and managed addiction rates fine.
The Senate has finally voted to pass a bill legalizing recreational marijuana after six months of intense debate. Because the bill was amended, it now goes back to the House of Commons and won’t be officially approved until final wording is agreed upon there.
Authorities view that this is the best way to control addiction rate because legalization reduces stigma around addition as seen in Portugal. Their addiction rate went down when they legalized and decriminalized different drugs. It will refocus the criminal justice system in a more productive way. More importantly, even though it might not wipe out the black market for drugs, but it will definitely hurt it and diminish its size in the community.
Some senators commented saying it is a brave move to take on a tough and controversial decision and were very pleased by the strength of positive vote while other senators are very concerned saying that they fear that this might look like an attempt to normalize marijuana; they added by saying that this makes drugs more acceptable to children and teenagers which is very concerning.