Article by Rachel Aiello, CTV News
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce Wednesday afternoon when marijuana will become legal in Canada.
According to Bill Blair, the Liberals’ point person on pot, Trudeau will be the one to make the declaration during his end of session news conference set for 4:30 p.m.
This announcement comes after a historic vote in the Senate Tuesday night to pass Bill C-45, the government’s legislation to legalize cannabis.
After more than a year of intensive study in both the House and Senate, the bill cleared the final legislative hurdle Tuesday evening, passing by a vote of 52 to 29 with two abstentions.
The bill still needs to receive Royal Assent, which could happen today.
It is expected the date will be sometime in September to allow for the provinces, territories, municipalities, police forces, and other stakeholders to make sure their piece of the pot pie is operating in accordance with the new rules.