Pot May Soon Be Legal in Canada, But Crimes Will Stand

Sergio Conner
June 11, 2018

"Hamilton Police is now enforcing the laws outlined under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act in relation to all listed drugs including marijuana", said Const. Edwards.

"Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, two territories and a number of tribes have legalized marijuana in some form", Sen.

Dean said he has no idea if the government will support that change.

"Given that sales of cannabis are likely to cut into those of beer, spirits, wine, and even tobacco, it's important that governments ascertain the ultimate impact of legalization on so-called sin tax revenues", Deloitte said in its report.

As part of legalization, the Canadian government will probably inform citizens that admitting to marijuana use might get them barred from crossing the border into the United States of America, which still classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with "no now accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse", according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

Trump's backing would signal a turn from his Justice Department's stance on marijuana legalization. That's much lower than the roughly $300 million revenue estimates that circulated around last year's election.

Henceforth any adult above the age of 18 can possess up to 30 grams of marijuana for personal use. Towns retain the right to create their own ordinances governing sales, with a 180-day window to bar sales. The provinces have been left in charge establishing how and where marijuana will be sold. A previous version of the bill called for escalating the tax rate from 7 percent to 25 percent over five years.

Canada closer to legalising marijuana after senate vote in favour

"Do we take a deep breath, close our eyes and stick with a demonstrably failed, hypocritical, unhealthy, prohibitionist approach of the past or do we move forward, eyes wide open, and choose the alternative?". The sponsors say patients will not be required to go only to the dispensary where they are registered and could go to any treatment center. Sessions opposes state legalization.

Motz says public safety and health are among his concerns about the legislation.

Ever since Donald Trump took office as 45th president of the United States, cannabis industry entrepreneurs, as well as ordinary cannabis users, have anxious that the Trump administration might punish them for buying, selling, growing, or using marijuana.

That puts Trump at odds (again) with his Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, who is a long-time foe of legalizing marijuana and who has tried to get federal attorneys to ratchet up enforcement of federal laws against marijuana possession and use. "We're looking at it".

"Within the next coming week or so, we will be able to make a decision regarding which amendments that we are going to accept and which that we won't", she said.

Sen. Leo Housakos, a conservative from Quebec, said he is concerned that support for the bill amounts to "an attempt to normalize marijuana", something he thinks will have deleterious effects.

The legislation would ensure states have the right to determine the best approach to marijuana within their borders, but some USA restrictions would remain, including recreational sales to people under 21.

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