Canada’s Gone Legal

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Lets take a minute to congratulate our friends to the north for joining Uruguay, South Africa, and Georgia on the short list of countries that have legalized recreational marijuana! 

Its been a long journey since our favorite plant was made illegal in 1923 and by Canadian standards, its been an uphill battle since then. After gaining popularity among college students, the Canadian government formed the Royal Commission of Inquiry in the Non-Medical Use of Drugs, known as Le Dain Commission, to investigate the “misuse” of the plant. This lead to the highest rate of marijuana based convictions the country had ever seen. 

Come 1972, Le Dain Commissions released of a report on cannabis which recommended that the federal government remove criminal penalties for the use and possession of cannabis. This suggestion may or may not have been a direct result of a pro-cannabis peaceful protest the year before which ended forcefully. 

Since then its been a back and forth on progress for both the recreational and medical categories. Alas, 2017 came and the Cannabis Act was proposed, which would legalize possession, use, cultivation, and purchase of limited amounts of cannabis by adults 18 years of age or older. 

Pretty cool, eh?

Every Canadian province has a website dedicated to its own specific cannabis laws and regulations, so be sure to do your research before heading across the boarder to get some Private Stash.

Christina Ocampo