Canada Legalizes Recreational Cannabis; Second Country in World to Do So
Today, Canada became only the second country in the world to legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Uruguay went first in 2013. However, Canadians won’t be able to consume freely for several months–probably sometime in September.
“It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana — and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Twitter today.
According to the StarTribune,
The task force recommended adults be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of pot and grow up to four plants. It also said marijuana should not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.
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 that have embraced legalization.
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 worried that the lower age will encourage use of a substance that can have long-term consequences on still-maturing brains.