Recreational marijuana will be legal within months.
The Senate has passed the federal pot bill C-45, meaning recreational marijuana will be legal within 2-3 months.
The vote passed 52-29, with two senators abstaining.
Reaction to the passage of the pot bill was split down partisan lines:
On Twitter, Justin Trudeau said “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.”
Conservative Senator Linda Frum called it a “Sad day for Canada’s kids.”
The legislation has a 2-3 month buffer period, and it will be up to the federal cabinet to decide exactly when marijuana becomes legal.
While the Trudeau Liberals had once hoped that legalizing marijuana would be a key part of their election plan, the issue repeatedly ranks very low on Canadians list of priorities, and other scandals/failures have cut into Trudeau’s support and turned many Canadians against him.