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Canada passes historic bill to legalize marijuana

Canada is the second country to legalize marijuana, the minimum age will be 18, and it's up to the provinces on how they want to sell it.


Emily Treadgold


Canada is making history; they are the second country in the world to legalize marijuana.

 

Canada's Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday evening approved the revised bill 52-29. This makes Canada the first G7 country to legalize marijuana, Uruguay also made it legal in 2013.

 

Trudeau tweeted, "It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate."

Its been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate. #PromiseKept

The bill was part of a promise that Trudeaus Liberal PArty made during their campaign.

 

Sen. Tony Dean said, "We've just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government."

 

The bill leaves it up to each province on how to sell it, some will leave it up to the private sector, and some will have provincially run outlets. The federal government made the minimum age of 18 to purchase, but others are making it 19.

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