Canada Legalized It

Canada just became the 2nd country in the world to legalize pot.

Canada is the second country in the world to legalize marijuana, paving the way for recreational sales throughout the country.

Canada's Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday evening approved the revised bill 52-29, making Canada the first G7 country to legalize marijuana. Uruguay did so in 2013.
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Bill C-45, known as the Cannabis Act, legalizes marijuana but leaves it up to each province to decide how to sell it. Some provinces, like Ontario, are planning on provincially run outlets, while others, like Alberta, will open up marijuana retail to the private sector.

The federal government set a minimum age of 18 to purchase marijuana, though some provinces have indicated they will raise the age to 19, mirroring liquor-purchase laws. The bill makes the distribution and sale of marijuana to minors an offense.

Retail sales are expected in six to 12 weeks.
Canada's new law is expected to have a ripple effect internationally.

From the 1960s through the ’80s, much of the world, including the US and Canada, signed on to three major international drug policy treaties: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Drugs of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988. Combined, the treaties require participants to limit and even prohibit the possession, use, trade, and distribution of drugs outside of medical and scientific purposes, and work together to stop international drug trafficking.

There is some debate about whether these treaties stop countries from decriminalizing marijuana — when criminal penalties are repealed but civil ones remain in place — and legalizing medical marijuana. But one thing the treaties are absolutely clear on is that illicit drugs aren’t to be allowed for recreational use and certainly not for recreational sales. Yet that’s exactly what Canada has now moved to allow.

Canada is bordered by four U.S. states that have legal marijuana, and may soon have a fifth.

Michigan already allows patients to use medical marijuana. The prospects of the Wolverine State also legalizing recreational marijuana now look better than ever.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers gave its stamp of approval on April 26, 2018 to an initiative to put recreational marijuana legalization on the ballot later this year. Supporters needed to gather 250,000 signatures; they ended up with more than 365,000.
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It's possible, however, that legalization of recreational marijuana won't be on the ballot when voting takes place in November. The state legislature could pass a bill to legalize recreational marijuana even sooner.

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detroitmechworks's picture

Well, I mean, Fuck Trudeau, but I do find it's easier to break away from the British Empire than the American so far. Smile

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thanatokephaloides's picture

@detroitmechworks

Canadian Annexation sounds better and better...

Well, I mean, Fuck Trudeau, but I do find it's easier to break away from the British Empire than the American so far.

From the 1960s through the ’80s, much of the world, including the US and Canada, signed on to three major international drug policy treaties: the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs of 1961, the Convention on Psychotropic Drugs of 1971, and the United Nations Convention against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances of 1988.

These "UN Conventions" (yeah right, buddy, pull my other leg) are really enforcements of the American Empire's will on every other nation on Earth. The UN promulgated all of them under massive nuclear-armed bullying by the USA, whose drug "problem" was the sole reason for their enactment. They are the imposition of America's War On (some) Drugs on every other nation on Earth.

The fact that various nations are thumbing their noses at these three garbage treaties, at least with respect to marijuana, is a very good sign that the thrall of the American War On (some) Drugs is now of numbered days, and that we all will soon be free of it.

Cat willing!

Smile

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detroitmechworks's picture

@thanatokephaloides And since attacking Canada is the far more profitable of the two...

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@detroitmechworks

As for history, here's the four times we invaded Canada AFTER the War of 1812.

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The Aspie Corner's picture

@gjohnsit Nowadays they're just pushing Randroid bullshit.

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The Aspie Corner's picture

None of the meds I've taken over the years have helped even one little bit.

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terrorist nation. Declare war. They'll welcome us as liberators. Axis of evil, maple leaf cloud Saddam Trudeau. Freedom syrup. Burn Leonard Cohen and Celine Dion cds. Miss anything?

Canadians were pretty laid back before. Now they'll be insufferable.

Next they'll prob. build a wall.

It's not fair.

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detroitmechworks's picture

@Snode @Snode will not be to keep Canadians IN.

Edit: Screwed up the direction. Doh.

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@detroitmechworks

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The Liberal Moonbat's picture

Alabama's better about this than Georgia or Louisiana. I didn't expect that.

On the other end of the spectrum, I wouldn't have expected Hawaii to be 'behind' Alaska, Nevada, or even my dearly-missed homestate of California. Admittedly, sometimes decriminalization is actually preferable to legalization, as I've previously read is the case with prostitution.

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detroitmechworks's picture

@The Liberal Moonbat SESTA/FOSTA was their latest one, all in the guise of combating "Trafficking". Shut down a lot of places that Workers congregate, and caused a lot of websites to stop offering "Personals" sections, because hosting an alleged prostitutes ads can get you busted for pimping now.

Federal Government's the biggest slaver in the world, and they have the balls to pull this shit...

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earthling1's picture

because they finally legalize AFTER I'm diagnosed with 1st stage COPD.
I have to give up campfires too.
Damn. Pot and smores and the stars just naturally go together.
Oh well, at least I still have the stars.

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@earthling1
I'm sorry.

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Beware the bullshit factories.

snoopydawg's picture

@earthling1

If they are an option for you.

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The Democratic Party under Bill Clinton transformed itself into the traditional Republican Party, and the Republican Party moved, was pushed, so far to the right it became insane

earthling1's picture

@snoopydawg
They just don't seem to have the same effect. Maybe my metabolism is different. Or they use low quality shake in the recipe.
Plus, I'm really trying to lose 20 pounds. Hey, wait a minute. What an idea. Diet pot brownies.
Yeah, thats the ticket.
Hmmm.

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detroitmechworks's picture

@earthling1 They're pretty good and got me at least through a plane ride to LA.

Personally I like the Pomegranate flavor because it has both THC and CBD, which covers all the bases.

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thanatokephaloides's picture

@earthling1

I'm just pissed because they finally legalize AFTER I'm diagnosed with 1st stage COPD.
I have to give up campfires too.
Damn. Pot and smores and the stars just naturally go together.
Oh well, at least I still have the stars.

One major, major advantage to legalization is this: you don't have to smoke it any more. Edibles are now of reliable good potency; the days of gambling on Aunt Sally's spiked brownies are over. Get yourself a high-THC edible or 3, a propane-fired space heater (easier on the trees anyway) and go out under the stars and make yourself and companions some smores.

Hell, choose the right edibles -- chocolate bits -- and you can make your smores with your marijuana! Smile

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earthling1's picture

@thanatokephaloides
I refuse to do hydrocordone for my worn out knees.
Thanks to all for the suggestions.

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MsGrin's picture

...how a Canadian company is exporting pot and intends to become the first major brand to be sold everywhere. Apparently, world domination is in their biz model.

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