Canada Senate Votes to Legalize Marijuana for Those 18 and Older

Marijuana legalization has passed Canada’s Senate, and will soon become the law of the land.

Both the Senate and House of Commons have given passage to C-45 to legalize marijuana. It will now only need to go back to the House for one final vote to approve amendments and through the formality of Royal Assent before it can become official law.

Once it does, marijuana use, possession and private growing will be allowed. The age limit will be 18, three years younger than the limit set in the nine U.S. states where marijuana is legal. Marijuana will be sold through marijuana stores, and through online orders.

Once law, Canada will join Uruguay as the only countries to have legal marijuana, though other nations do have laws that allow users to avoid jail time.

The legalization of marijuana was one of the main campaign platforms for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who was elected in 2015. Trudeau promised to have marijuana legalized by July of this year.

Emily Watkins is a PhD student majoring in public policy. Emily has been a freelance editor for numerous websites, and has spent hundreds of hours volunteering to help legalize marijuana. She currently resides in Los Angeles, and can be reached at Watkins.MarijuanaHerald@Gmail.com.

10 thoughts on “Canada Senate Votes to Legalize Marijuana for Those 18 and Older

  1. Any details on the specifics of the law? Is there a limit to the amount you’re allowed to grow, and is it medical only?

    1. 4 plants per household for personal consumption. It’s recreational (medicinal has been legal for approximately a decade

  2. Hi,
    could you explain what you mean by saying that Uruguay and Canada are the only countries where marihuana will be legal ? How is it any different from, say, Holland where my understanding is people are allowed to smoke ?
    Thank you,
    good evening.

  3. Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington state have already legalize it!

  4. Prohibition 2.0 it’s not that great. Harsher longer sentences, total govt control. No craft cannabis market. No more selling of anything with a pot leaf on it. No endorsements. Get caught selling to a minor is now 14 years in jail. Whereas with booze it’s a $100 fine. No advertising at all. No nice packaging and completely government run with a lower than normal thc count.

  5. The amount of plants that can be grown per household is set to be regulated at the provincial level, not federally. My understanding is that most provinces plan to set the limit at 4 plants, although I read that Quebec is going to try to ban home cultivation all together, but that’s Quebec for you.

  6. That is true, however those are just states, Canada an entire country. So that’s the rub, until we can get the idiots in Washington to join the 21st century we are left with a hit and miss laws that we have now.

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