Canada Becomes Second Country To Legalize Recreational Marijuana

canada becomes second country to legalize recreational marijuana
Canada Becomes Second Country To Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Julia Cohen | Contributor

Canada became the second country to nationally legalize recreational cannabis use on Tuesday.

The Cannabis Act “enables the Minister to authorize he possession, production, distribution, sale, importation, and exportation of cannabis, as well as to suspend, amend, or revoke those authorizations when warranted.”

Consumers of pot in Canada must be at least 18 years of age. The legislation also prohibits the targeting of marijuana advertising to a young person, which is defined in Canada as someone who is 12 years or older but below the age of 18. It also prohibits individuals from selling marijuana to a “young person” as well as prohibiting possession of the drug for this age group.

The Cannabis Act creates “a cannabis tracking system” in order to enable tracking of the drug and prevent a black market. The minister in charge of the system will have the right, but not the obligation, to publish information on the tracking system to the public if that information “is necessary to protect public health or public safety.”

Canada is the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. The first, Uruguay, legalized the drug in 2013. (RELATED: Donald Trump Is In Real Danger Of Becoming America’s POT PRESIDENT. Forever. Does He Want That?)

“It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that,” Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted on Tuesday. Canadians may be able to get cannabis as early as September, depending on when the government chooses to put the law into force after it receives Royal Assent.

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