'It's pretty uneven': Canopy CEO on who is ready for marijuana legalization

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His government introduced legislation previous year in a bid to make Canada the second country in the world to legalise cannabis, after Uruguay.

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The Canadian Senate voted to legalize marijuana in a 52 to 29 vote, which will give way to "a fully legal marketplace for the plant within the next two to three months", Common Dreams reported.

Trudeau said the government delayed the timetable for lifting the nearly century-old prohibition on marijuana at the request of larger provinces, including Quebec, which asked for more time to make the transition to a legal regime for regulating the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis.

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"Over the following months and indeed years we will completely replace or nearly completely replace the organized crime market on that", he said.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould called the legislation - which still requires royal assent to become law - "transformative" and predicted it would protect young people and keep organized crime out of the pot market. Until then, Wilson-Raybould urges Canadians to follow existing laws surrounding the drug, as "the law still remains the law". "So our government will continue to work in full partnership with them to ensure the smooth and orderly implementation of this new law across Canada". Uruguay previously legalized marijuana in 2013. Those provisions will take effect on a date that the government plans to announce soon.

Ms. Wilson-Raybould also said provinces can pass their own laws regarding home cultivation, which the federal legislation allows in small amounts. The provinces pleaded for more time.

The prime minister said he has been able to have "real conversations" with Trump that have allowed him to make the case that hurting the Canadian economy hurts the USA economy as well. "Canada's progress will galvanize support for drug policy reforms in the USA and all around the world".

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According to a column in Globe and Mail written by Andre Picard, there were more than 55,000 cannabis related charges against Canadians just in 2016 in which 76 percent were for possession of marijuana.

Don Hartleben, who manages Dank of America, a retail cannabis store just south of the border in Blaine, Washington, said Canada's legalization was not only politically exciting, but a potential business boon for him.

A report by the Conference Board of Canada released on Tuesday showed that more than half of Canadian employers are concerned about the potential use of marijuana in the workplace.

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