The country is the second worldwide to legalise the drug’s recreational use, after Uruguay. A number of US states have also voted to permit it. Medical drugs use has been legalin Canada since 2001. The bill will likely receive Royal Assent this week, and the government will then choose an official date when the law will come into force. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was not very happy. “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits”, he tweeted.
Canadians across the country will be able to order the drug online from federally licensed producers, and grow up to four plants at home. Adults will be able to possess up to 30 grams (one ounce) of dried cannabis in public. Cannabis-infused foods will not be immediately available for purchase but will be within a year of the bill coming into force, after all regulations will be in place. The minimum legal age to buy and consume marijuana has been set federally at 18. In some provinces it will be 19. Cannabis is banned in most countries in the world.