Article by Jonathan Forani, CTV News
Even after the Senate passed the historic bill to legalize recreational marijuana use Thursday, the question remains: how soon can Canadians start lawfully toking up?
That time could still be months away, despite the Liberals’ initial promise the law would change by July 1. Thursday’s vote was the final major hurdle in the marijuana legalization process, but there are still a number of steps to go before ending the 95-year prohibition.
The bill now goes back to the House of Commons, where members of Parliament will accept, modify or reject the senators’ more than 40 amendments.
If accepted, the final step—royal assent—could still take days or weeks.
If rejected, the bill will go back to the Senate and could ping-pong between senators and members of Parliament again for several weeks.