Canada legalises recreational marijuana nationwide

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    Canada has legalised the use of recreational marijuana nationwide, making it the first G7 country to do so.

    The Senate voted 52-29 on Tuesday to pass the Cannabis Act, which allows people over the age of 18 to grow, buy, and use the drug for recreational purposes. It also regulates the growth and sale of marijuana, putting strict limits on packaging and limiting home growth to four plants at a time.

    The vote makes Canada the first of the world’s seven most advanced economies to legalise the drug nationwide. Nine US states allow for recreational use, and several other G7 nations allow it for medical purposes.

    Senator Tony Dean, the bill’s sponsor in the Senate, called the vote a “brave move on the part of the government” and said he was “feeling just great”.

    “We’ve just witnessed a historic vote for Canada,” he told CBC. “The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think.”

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    A man wears a marijuana leaf mask during the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia

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    A lady smokes marijuana on Parliament Hill on 4/20 in Ottawa, Ontario

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    James Reed smokes a joint during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

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    People sign a 4/20 sign on Parliament Hill on in Ottawa, Ontario

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    A woman smokes marijuana on Parliament Hill on 4/20 in Ottawa, Ontario. Polling released showed strong support in Canada for a government drive to legalise recreational use of marijuana, but many would like the proposed minimum age for consumption to be raised. Sixty-three percent of respondents told the Angus Reid Institute they support legalisation

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    A man smokes marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

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    Demonstrators smoke marijuana during the ‘4/20 Santiago’ rally in favour of legalisation in front of the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, as part of the Global Marijuana March which is being held in hundreds of cities worldwide

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    People play with a mock marijuana joint during a 4/20 party to demand legalisation and to celebrate marijuana culture outside the Senate building in Mexico City, Mexico

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    Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ, hands out free marijuana joints to DC residents who worked on Capitol Hill as part of the 1st Annual Joint Session to mark ‘4/20’ day and promote legalising marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

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    Police arrest Rachel Ramone Donlan after she handed out free marijuana joints to DC residents who worked on Capitol Hill as part of the 1st Annual Joint Session to mark ‘4/20’ day and promote legalising marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

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    Police arrest Rachel Ramone Donlan after she handed out free marijuana joints to DC residents who worked on Capitol Hill as part of the 1st Annual Joint Session to mark ‘4/20’ day and promote legalising marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

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    Thousands of people gather to smoke marijuana during the ‘420 Santiago’rally in front of the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago

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    People attend the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

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    Kevin Barron and Lasean Moore of Raleigh, North Carolina, share a joint during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

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    Nic Ruhl takes a pull on a giant hand rolled joint at precisely 4:20pm MDT during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

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    Various cannabis paraphernalia on display at a vendor’s stall during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

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    Mo Banez, of Austin, Texas, lights a joint during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

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    A man displays a large container of cannabis during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado. The rally, held annually, is a celebration of both the legalisation of cannabis and cannabis culture. Colorado is one of twenty-six U.S. states along with the District of Columbia that has legalised the use of cannabis either recreationally or medically

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    Sitting in small groups on mats shaded by trees in the Rose Garden just across from the Knesset, participants lit up as the clock struck 4:20 for the local version of the traditional worldwide April 20 pro-marijuana events, known as ‘420’ rallies

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    An Israeli smokes a marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden

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    Sitting in small groups on mats shaded by trees in the Rose Garden just across from the Knesset, participants lit up as the clock struck 4:20 for the local version of the traditional worldwide April 20 pro-marijuana events, known as ‘420’ rallies

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    An Israeli girl poses with a mock marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden, to celebrate 420 and to express their defiance of current laws

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    aelis pass around a marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden, to celebrate 420 and to express their defiance of current laws

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    An Israeli smokes a marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden, to celebrate 420 and to express their defiance of current law

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    An Israeli smokes a marijuana joint in Jerusalem on April 20, 2017 during a rally opposite the Knesset to celebrate 420 and express defiance of current laws

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    A man wears a marijuana leaf mask during the annual 4/20 cannabis culture celebration at Sunset Beach in Vancouver, British Columbia

    AP

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    A lady smokes marijuana on Parliament Hill on 4/20 in Ottawa, Ontario

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    James Reed smokes a joint during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

    Getty Images

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    People sign a 4/20 sign on Parliament Hill on in Ottawa, Ontario

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    A woman smokes marijuana on Parliament Hill on 4/20 in Ottawa, Ontario. Polling released showed strong support in Canada for a government drive to legalise recreational use of marijuana, but many would like the proposed minimum age for consumption to be raised. Sixty-three percent of respondents told the Angus Reid Institute they support legalisation

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    A man smokes marijuana during the annual 4/20 marijuana rally on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    Reuters

    7/26

    Demonstrators smoke marijuana during the ‘4/20 Santiago’ rally in favour of legalisation in front of the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, as part of the Global Marijuana March which is being held in hundreds of cities worldwide

    Getty Images

    8/26

    People play with a mock marijuana joint during a 4/20 party to demand legalisation and to celebrate marijuana culture outside the Senate building in Mexico City, Mexico

    Reuters

    9/26

    Adam Eidinger, co-founder of DCMJ, hands out free marijuana joints to DC residents who worked on Capitol Hill as part of the 1st Annual Joint Session to mark ‘4/20’ day and promote legalising marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

    Getty Images

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    Police arrest Rachel Ramone Donlan after she handed out free marijuana joints to DC residents who worked on Capitol Hill as part of the 1st Annual Joint Session to mark ‘4/20’ day and promote legalising marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

    AFP/Getty Images

    12/26

    Police arrest Rachel Ramone Donlan after she handed out free marijuana joints to DC residents who worked on Capitol Hill as part of the 1st Annual Joint Session to mark ‘4/20’ day and promote legalising marijuana on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC

    Getty Images

    13/26

    Thousands of people gather to smoke marijuana during the ‘420 Santiago’rally in front of the La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago

    Getty Images

    14/26

    People attend the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

    Getty Images

    15/26

    Kevin Barron and Lasean Moore of Raleigh, North Carolina, share a joint during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

    Getty Images

    16/26

    Nic Ruhl takes a pull on a giant hand rolled joint at precisely 4:20pm MDT during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

    Getty Images

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    Various cannabis paraphernalia on display at a vendor’s stall during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

    Getty Images

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    Mo Banez, of Austin, Texas, lights a joint during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado

    Getty Images

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    A man displays a large container of cannabis during the Denver 420 Rally at Civic Center Park in Denver, Colorado. The rally, held annually, is a celebration of both the legalisation of cannabis and cannabis culture. Colorado is one of twenty-six U.S. states along with the District of Columbia that has legalised the use of cannabis either recreationally or medically

    AFP/Getty Images

    20/26

    Sitting in small groups on mats shaded by trees in the Rose Garden just across from the Knesset, participants lit up as the clock struck 4:20 for the local version of the traditional worldwide April 20 pro-marijuana events, known as ‘420’ rallies

    Getty Images

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    An Israeli smokes a marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden

    Getty Images

    22/26

    Sitting in small groups on mats shaded by trees in the Rose Garden just across from the Knesset, participants lit up as the clock struck 4:20 for the local version of the traditional worldwide April 20 pro-marijuana events, known as ‘420’ rallies

    Getty Images

    23/26

    An Israeli girl poses with a mock marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden, to celebrate 420 and to express their defiance of current laws

    Getty Images

    24/26

    aelis pass around a marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden, to celebrate 420 and to express their defiance of current laws

    Getty Images

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    An Israeli smokes a marijuana joint in Jerusalem during a rally at the Rose garden, to celebrate 420 and to express their defiance of current law

    Getty Images

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    An Israeli smokes a marijuana joint in Jerusalem on April 20, 2017 during a rally opposite the Knesset to celebrate 420 and express defiance of current laws

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    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who supported the legislation, will decide the official start date for the new policy. Provinces will be given a buffer period of eight to 12 weeks to prepare for sales.

    The government had hoped to get the law passed in time for sales to start on 1 July, but pushed back the vote after the Senate requested more time to review it.

    The law bans possession of more than 30g of dried marijuana, and outlaws personal sales of the drug. Driving under the influence of marijuana will also be punishable by a $1,000 fine for a first offence, and jail time for a second.

    The finer points of legalisation will be handled at a provincial level. Laws are expected to vary on issues like home growth and smoking in public.

    The country’s health ministry has said it hopes the law will make Canadians safer by restricting minors’ access to the drug and disrupting the black market. The ministry came out in favour of the bill in a strong statement last April, saying the government’s “current approach to cannabis does not work”.

    The bill’s authors also claimed it would allow for better quality control and more public health awareness campaigns. Mr Trudeau has said legalisation would “deprive organised crime of money [and] make access more difficult for our children”. Several conservative politicians, however, disagreed.

    “Sad day for Canada’s kids,” Senator Linda Frum tweeted after the vote.

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