Canadian cannabis legalization date: It's only been two days since the Cannabis Act was passed, but the Canadian government has already provided the nation with a target date for the legalization of recreational cannabis use. Come October, Canadians will be able to use cannabis without receiving a criminal penalty.
The date is months after the law was supposed to be put into action. However, it still marks the end of 90 years of prohibition. So, needless to say, Canadians are willing to take what they can get.
Canadian Cannabis Legal in October
On Thursday, in the House of Commons, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Canadian cannabis legalization had to be pushed back in order to give provinces time to draft their regimes. At the end of the day, it's going to be up to the provinces for how they want to approach legal recreational cannabis use.
As a result, Trudeau has given the target date of October 17th. This means, that if all goes as planned, cannabis will be officially legal 17 weeks from now.
Things to Remember
The news of Canadian cannabis legalization is monumental. October is certainly not a date that is light-years away. If anything, it's a very reasonable amount of time to wait for something such as this. However, just because the Cannabis Act has been passed does not mean recreational cannabis use is legal right now.
There are two things to remember as we move forward. First, the legislation still requires royal assent. If it does not receive royal assent, the legalization will not become law.
Second, as of right now, recreational cannabis use in Canada is still illegal. Jody Wilson-Raybould, Justice Minister, is urging Canadians to remember that until royal assent is given, and until October 17th passes, recreational cannabis use is still illegal in Canada.
I know it's not what many Canadians were expecting or hoping for, but as I said, for something as monumental as this, 17 weeks is a pretty reasonable time to wait. It's important that we don't rush these things, and that we do them right, so there are no regrets over passing the Cannabis Act in the first place.
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