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.

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    • Scottie on June 7, 2018 at 8:37 pm
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    It’s about time they legalized marijuana in Canada just remember puff puff pass✌️

    • Mark Bezanson on February 16, 2018 at 3:30 pm
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    The Senate debate is quite interesting. A Liberal Senator suggested consumption declined in Colorado. A Conservative Senator suggested consumption has doubled in Colorado. Another Senator suggested a study across several countries suggests consumption grows after legalization. Several European countries have reversed their legalization laws

    • Andrew on December 4, 2017 at 3:29 am
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    U mad?

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

  1. 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.

      • Marc on June 12, 2018 at 8:20 am
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      @David Yulloch
      Wow, just wow. Prohibition does not work. You lock up people for a simple (and relatively harmless) vice (and/or medicine for many), which costs taxpayers tens of thousands up to millions of dollars per person they lock up, when you should be encouraging and supplying more addiction services, which will save billions of dollars (not to mention the lives saved).

      Canadian police officers are actually thrilled to do their jobs and focus their efforts on important things, like fighting actual crime and making sure people are driving safely instead of policing something less harmful than alcohol, tobacco and almost every single prescription drug on the market…

      Did you know the human body and the body of many other animals evolved with what is called an endocannabinoid system which 100% naturally synthesizes cannabinoids in the body? Your body literally synthesizes the stuff automatically. You have cannabinoid receptors all around your body and in your brain and it is for a reason.

      With cannabis legalized, we can actually study the stuff in detail and learn exactly what health positives and negatives each cannabinoid has. You can even breed the THC out of certain strains completely so you couldn’t even get high off the stuff if you smoked or ate a telephone pole’s sized spliff. You could use that strain for medicine for children without having to worry about getting them high.

      There is absolutely no valid reason NOT to legalize.

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