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Canada’s House of Commons Approves Bill to Legalize Cannabis

Legislation that would legalize cannabis for all adults in Canada has been approved by the nation’s House of Commons in a 200 to 82 vote.

Approval of Bill C-45 in the House of Commons sends it to the Canadian Senate for consideration. If approved by the Senate, it will be sent to the Governor General for Royal Assent (final approval). Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, a supporter of Bill C-45, calls the measure’s approval in the House an “important milestone” in the nation’s plans to reduce organized crime and keep cannabis away from children.

If the measure is passed by the Senate and signed into law, as expected, the possession and personal cultivation of cannabis would become legal for those 18 and older. The measure would establish a system of licensed brick-and-mortar cannabis retail outlets, while also allowing cannabis to be sold online.

According to a report released earlier this year by the C.D. Howe Institute, Canada is set to garner approximately $675 million ($500 million US) annually in tax revenue from legal marijuana sales.

About Anthony Martinelli

Anthony, co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of TheJointBlog, has worked closely with numerous elected officials who support cannabis law reform, including as the former Campaign Manager for Washington State Representative Dave Upthegrove. He has also been published by multiple media outlets, including the Seattle Times. He can be reached at TheJointBlog@TheJointBlog.com.

2 comments

  1. Andrew

    U mad?

    Ps. It’s a good thing for Canada, won’t waste my time on you explaining why though, just Google it.

  2. David Tulloch

    Legalization of cannabis in CANADA?, WHAT?!.
    WHAT DUMBASSED STUPID AND BAD POLITICAL DECISION. NO VOTE FOR THIS STUPID SHIT.
    CANADIAN POLICE FORCES WON’T LIKE THIS, THIS IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION SERVICES. THINGS GO FROM BAD TO WORSE IN CANADA. THIS IS DEFINITELY NO LEADERSHIP. GUTLESS AND SPINELESS WEAKSHIT GOVERNMENT. CALL FOR AN IMMEDIATE ELECTION, THIS IS NO FUCKING GOOD.

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