Posted Jul 10th 2018
This fall, Canada is going to become the 2nd country--the first was Uruguay-- in the world to fully approve legislation of marijuana.
The most controversial aspect of Canada's move to legalize marijuana nationwide has been setting the minimum age for use at 18 or 19, depending on the province.
That is lower than in U.S. states of 21 and older.
Advocates argued that putting the limit at 21 would encourage a black market and drive youths into the hands of criminals. But some health experts have been worried that the lower age will encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expects everything to be in place for consumption to begin on October 17. With voters in many developed countries advocating for decriminalization and legalization of cannabis, this appears to be a trend.
Once legalisation goes into effect, Canadians will be able to grow four plants in their own home and carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for personal use. Those who caught with more than this amount, or who supply marijuana to minors will face penalties.
Sales of cannabis – which analysts estimate could eventually be worth somewhere between C$5bn and C$7bn annually – In Alberta, recreational cannabis will be available at more than 200 private retailers while in New Brunswick, the provincial government will operate a chain of stores called Cannabis NB.