Canada becomes the second in the world to legalize recreational marijuana use.
Marijuana possession was officially outlawed in Canada during the 1920s. On Tuesday night, the Senate voted 52-29 to pass Bill C-45, also commonly known as the Cannabis Act. The measure was previously approved by the House of Commons, and now awaits Royal Assent for the final step in Canada’s legislative process.
According to NPR, the bill will allow anyone over the age of 18 to possess no more than 30 grams of marijuana. It also allows adults to sell cannabis as well as grow up to four plants in their home.
Authors of the bill pointed to several benefits of legalization, including economic stimulation and protecting the youth from criminal operations.
The biggest win is the decriminalization of fewer than 30 grams. No longer will citizens face lengthy jail terms from 3 months to 5 years in prison and have to deal with the parole system.