Canada is the first G20 country to legalize recreational cannabis and it’s a pretty big deal. Starting October 17, 2018, a Canadian adult can lawfully possess up to 30 grams of dried cannabis and share it with other adults. Where they may lawfully purchase those grams, where they can consume them and whether or not they grew them, however, depends on where they are. The history of Canada’s criminal-turned-medical-turned-recreational cannabis business has culminated in this period of polite upheaval, with few certainties about how it’s all going to shake out.
Just how effective this national patchwork of different provincial regulations will be remains to be seen, as is how lawmakers will enforce the rules, how they’ll tax this stuff, and what the parameters will be for marketing, outdoor growing and edibles, to name but a few contentious issues.
Original published: 2018-10-09 12:00:31 Read the full Montreal News here
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