Canada legalises recreational cannabis

Canada’s Parliament has just passed a law that will legalise the use of recreational cannabis with a clear majority via a 52-29 vote in the Senate.

CBC: Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal cannabis in 8 to 12 weeks

Senators have voted to pass the federal government’s bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

“I’m feeling just great,” said Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. “We’ve just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government.”

Dean said he thought the Senate functioned well throughout the process and he was proud of the work the Red Chamber did.

“Now we can start to tackle some of the harms of cannabis. We can start to be proactive in public education. We’ll see the end of criminalization and we can start addressing Canada’s $7-billion illegal market. These are good things for Canada.”

Initially, the government had planned for the bill to be passed by both houses of Parliament in time for retail sales to begin by July 1. That timeline was pushed back after the Senate requested more time to review the bill.

Now that the bill has passed, it’s up to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet to choose the actual date when the legalization of recreational marijuana becomes law of the land. Bill C-45 comes with a provisional buffer period of eight to 12 weeks to give provinces time to prepare for sales of recreational marijuana.

So it will take 2-3 months to get organised and for the law to come into effect, and Canadians have been warned that using cannabis until then will remain illegal, but it’s hard to see it being strictly policed – Canadians can’t light up yet, justice minister warns after ‘historic’ bill to legalize pot passes.

This may improve Canadian tourism, especially from south of their border.

I expect that many in New Zealand will take a keen interest on how the transition works and how the legalising of recreational cannabis works out in Canada.

We are going to have a referendum on recreational cannabis use before or at the next election.

It is widely accepted that current cannabis laws are working very poorly here.

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  2. Griff

     /  June 21, 2018

    Justin Trudeau #PromiseKept, “It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that.”

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  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 21, 2018

    Have to give Trudeau a salute for this. Enough of that destructive hypocrisy. Wish the world had had enough balls to resist Nixon’s campaign fifty years ago.

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  4. Zedd

     /  June 21, 2018

    nice…. 🙂

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  5. PartisanZ

     /  June 21, 2018

    I guess this is why we have to be so careful about making laws in the first place?

    Because look what the fuck it takes to unmake them!

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  6. Griff

     /  June 21, 2018

    The time for us to relax our laws is now..
    Why should we all have to wait for when the reefer madness generation relaxes its grip on the goverment benches and doodles of to retirement clutching their sherry bottles?
    Other than a few conservatives stuck in the past most New Zealanders view our present prohibition of cannabis use with disdain.
    I light up at party’s out the back with others who share my preference for weed rather than piss. It never has never raised an eyebrow providing your are discrete. Soon I will not have to hide responsible use from even the few who believe the anti cannabis propaganda.

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    • NOEL

       /  June 21, 2018

      Hope you continue the practise if the referendum is for change.
      https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2018/mar/20/secondhand-smoke-more-dangerous-marijuana-tobacco/

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      • Griff

         /  June 21, 2018

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        • Zedd

           /  June 21, 2018

          ho ho hum.. interestingly some of this ‘stuff’ is still heard today (in NZ); ‘Causes Insanity’ & ‘Gateway to HARD drugs’ etc.

          In many countries, this B-S was discredited in 1960s-70s.. but in NZ (particularly from the right !) ?

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          • PartisanZ

             /  June 21, 2018

            The sad reality of “just do it anyway” is that you risk being prosecuted, may be supporting, as suppliers, other forms of criminals aside from growers, and might be fueling the general paranoia and mistrust emanating through communities … although I find this is rapidly fading away now …

            It’s a Human Rights issue IMHO, perhaps especially where people are using it ‘medicinally’ or therapuetically and obtaining relief where nothing else has worked …

            People have been saying “Soon” for twenty five or more years …

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      • NOEL

         /  June 21, 2018

        Down tickers I believe you have an obligation is you want to smoke cannabis to consider second hand smoke. If the referendum says yes then I would prefer to see laws similar to Ontario been enacted.
        “You will not be allowed to use recreational cannabis in:
        any public place.
        Using cannabis in public can result in a fine of up to:
        $1,000 for a first offence
        $5,000 for subsequent offences “

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        • Griff

           /  June 21, 2018

          I replied.
          You are repeating reefermadness memes trolling up anything you can find to place cannabis in a bad light.
          No I dont inflict second hand smoke on others just like I dont deliberately fart in public.
          If cannabis was legal I would use a vape .
          Vaping is both illegal and expensive under prohibition another reason why its a totally unproductive approach to drug use.

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  7. Zedd

     /  June 21, 2018

    Its always good to read/hear, comments in favour of reform.. but maybe some need to be reminded which NZ political party are constantly ‘dragging the chain’ (voting against this).. ho hum

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    • Gezza

       /  June 21, 2018

      Labour needs just as much of a kick up the arse.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 21, 2018

        I can’t be bothered checking what the NZF official position is on the matter but it’s irrelevant because it’ll always be whatever is most convenient.

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        • Zedd

           /  June 21, 2018

          all I can say Gezza.. at least Lab & NZF have agreed to a Reeferedum.. not even discussed under the previous lot, because they still often talk ‘in terms of Zero-tolerance.’

          In 2011 the NZ Law Comm. released their ‘recommendations’ report to the MODA75.. it was all but shelved, except the ‘synthetic’ stuff (legal for a while.. until a public outcry). Now even Dunne is saying ‘Natural Cannabis should have been included in these changes’.. but methinks Natl would have disagreed (& likely still do) ? 😦

          Why is it so ?.. just ask Mitchell & co. (ex-cop)

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          • Griff

             /  June 21, 2018

            Dunne’s hands were tied.
            National would not allow his law to include anything that was already banned under the misuse of drugs act,
            This also meant that the synthetics that were sold were further from the original “K2” version and also potentially more harmful.

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      • Zedd

         /  June 21, 2018

        only 8 Lab. MPs voted against Greens last bill,

        ALL Natl MPs (&NZF) voted ‘NO’ because it included the ‘home grow’ option, for terminally ill/carers. Seen as a ‘backdoor to legalisation’ ?

        At least NZF made it clear they do support the Reeferendum on personal use.. we shall see

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        • Zedd

           /  June 21, 2018

          ‘only 8 Lab. MPs voted against Greens last bill’: (Med-use cannabis Bill 2018)

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  8. Gezza

     /  June 21, 2018

    This may improve Canadian tourism, especially from south of their border.
    They might have to build a wall & get the US to pay for it.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  June 21, 2018

      Be a long one – 4000 miles. And a lot of it is wet.

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