Canada Just Became The Second Country In The World To Legalize Marijuana

Under the new law, adults of at least 18 years of age will be allowed to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public. They can also legally make marijuana-infused products, such as edibles, for personal use and cultivate up to four plants in their households.


While the bill legalizes the drug across the country, each province is allowed to decide how to sell it. The supply of recreational marijuana will be limited in some areas. According to CNN, officials in Nova Scotia and Manitoba said they won’t have a large selection, at least not right away. Certain provinces, like Quebec, are also instituting their own age limit, raising it to 21.

Under the new legal measure, marijuana won’t be sold the same location as alcohol or tobacco. Customers are expected to purchase the drug either from regulated retailers or federally licensed producers.

The law also doesn’t change any guidelines when it comes to traveling in and out of the country. Having marijuana while entering or leaving Canada remains illegal and could result in criminal charges. As for any previous marijuana-related charges, plans to pardon Canadians who were convicted of possessing 30 grams or less of the drug are expected to be announced soon.

Marijuana protest sign in Canada

People celebrate 4/20 in Toronto in 2016.
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