Jun 20, 2018
By Jane Brown
In an historic vote, Canadian law has been changed to lift the 95 year old prohibition on marijuana allowing adults to openly smoke, ingest or grow the drug without fear of a criminal record.
Senators approved a final version of C45, the Cannabis Act, Tuesday night.
The legislation now needs royal assent and then time for the provinces to prepare for retail sales of marijuana.
Illegal since 1923, cannabis for recreational use is expected to go on sale in early or mid-September.
As for implementation of the marijuana law, Ontario Premier-Designate Doug Ford has said he wants to use a combination of private and public sales.
Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders explained that the proper resources will be needed from both the province and the feds.
Chief Saunders says conversations about implementation will be taking place in the coming weeks between members of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police and the incoming PC government.