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Canadian Senate Votes Positive To Legalize Marijuana For Recreational Use

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| June 20 , 2018 , 12:32 IST

The Canadian Parliament on Tuesday passed a bill legalizing the recreational use of Cannabis. Canada is the second nation worldwide to legalize the drug's recreational use followed by Uruguay who legalized the recreational use of the drug in December 2013.

The Senate passed Bill C-45 by a vote of 52 to 29 with two abstentions, lifting a ban on the recreational use of marijuana that has been in place since 1923.

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The law will not come into effect until it receives a final ceremonial stage of the legislative process i.e. royal assent 

After the passing of the bill in the Canadian Senate, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted, “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana — and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that.”

According to a report in a Canadian newspaper, The legislation sets the minimum age for purchase to 18 and allows for the personal possession of dried cannabis up to 30 grams with rules on edibles to come later. 

People who would be caught selling marijuana to a minor could face rigorous penalties of up to 14 years imprisonment. 

Cannabis could only be sold in plain packaging that is a single uniform color and is free of flashy graphics or images.

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