A timeline of Canadian cannabis legalization
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How to buy weed in Calgary, AB , Justin Trudeau recently announced that recreational cannabis will finally be legal across Canada as of October 17th. This is a very exciting time for Canada as advocates and businesses around the world are watching. With just over three months to go until the official legalization date, we’ve created a timeline of cannabis legalization in Canada:
2001 – Canada introduced the Marihuana Medical Access Regulations Act (MMAR) after the Canadian Court of Appeal declared prohibiting the use of marijuana for medical use unconstitutional. The MMAR allowed patients to possess dried flower/bud with a government issued license, signed off by a physician. This made Canada the first country to legalize cannabis for medical use.
2003 – Canada introduced a measure to reduce the penalties for possession of up to 15 grams to a civil fine but thanks to pressure from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the measure was not enacted.
2006 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper introduced mandatory prison sentences for dealers and growers. Two year prison sentences were given to growers with 500 or more plants. The maximum sentence was increased to 14 years which was double the previous sentence of seven years.
2014 – The Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations (MMPR) replaced the MMAR. Medical cannabis could be prescribed by a physician and a government license was no longer required.
2015 – The current Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, led the Liberal Part to a majority government victory. This was a huge victory for many cannabis advocates as a major point of his campaign platform was to legalize recreational cannabis.
2016 – A national poll found that 7 in 10 Canadians were in favor of legalization and the Canadian government was working diligently to complete the final wording of the legislation.
2017 – Bill C-45 was introduced to parliament on April 13th. The bill would have legalized cannabis by July 1st, 2018 and would allow recreational use for anyone 18 and older and possession of up to 30 grams.
2018 – Bill C-45 was approved by the Senate in principal on March 22nd. The bill underwent further reviews by other committees. On June 20th, the Prime Minister announced that cannabis would be officially legalized on October 17th.