Article by Monique Scotti, Global News
Recreational marijuana will officially become legal in Canada on Oct. 17, 2018, the prime minister announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Justin Trudeau confirmed the long-awaited start date during Question Period in Ottawa, ending months of speculation surrounding when, precisely, Canadians will be able to purchase and consume the drug legally.
The Liberals had initially aimed for July 1, Canada Day, but procedural issues and delays prevented them from reaching that target.
The legislation outlining the federal government’s approach to legal pot (Bill C-45) passed the Senate on Tuesday night after a tense few days of legislative ping-pong between the Red Chamber and House of Commons.
The bill is expected to receive royal assent within days, but that, in itself, will not lift Canada’s near-century-old cannabis prohibition.