In the race to become the most affluent nation in the world, Canada has taken the lead with its recent legalization of recreational marijuana. While many Californians believe their laws on weed are a luxury, they might reconsider moving up north after Oct. 17th.
While 30 American states have legalized medical marijuana, only nine out of the 50 states legalized the use of recreational cannabis. Additionally, in all of those states, this ruling applies to adults 21 years of age and older. On the contrary, as of 12:01 a.m. on Oct. 17 it is legal to freely utilize marijuana in all Canadian provinces for everyone over the age of 18. That being said, Canada is the first G7 nation and second nation on the globe to implement a nationwide Cannabis Act.
While many people may see this as a danger to the younger generation’s mental and physical health, the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, sees it as a way to keep drugs out of the lives of the nation’s youth.
“It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits,” Trudeau said.
So while it is legal for adults to purchase, grow, and sell their own marijuana, distributing any form of cannabis to adolescents continues to be illegal. Nevertheless, Canadians seem to still question the legibility of this newly implemented act.
The Toronto Police force have utilized humorous tweets to dispel the rumors that the nationwide legalization of weed is merely fake news.
“Asking police to call your friend because you are out of minutes is not a 911 call. Calling about your neighbour’s pot plants isn’t either. Cannabis is no longer illegal on October 17, 2018,” the Toronto Police force tweeted.
While Canada may still be behind America in the race to become the richest country in the world, the Great White North has surpassed the U.S. in the race to possess the most profitable marijuana market on the planet.