Senate Passes Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Paves way for fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks

Senators have voted 59 to 29 to move to fully legalizing recreational cannabis, which should take place some time in the eight to 12 weeks.

The federal government initially eyed a legalization date of July 1.

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

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will now lead efforts to choose a new legalization date. The passing of Bill C-45 comes with a buffer of eight to 12 weeks to give provinces time to prepare for the transition.

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