Canada legalises Cannabis!
So, we're guessing you have all heard the latest news? Last week Canada made the huge decision to legalise recreational Cannabis. This makes Canada the second country in the world to do so after Uruguay in 2013. Queues of hundreds were seen waiting to purchase their first legal gram of cannabis. Canada has even implied they may struggle to meet the demand, selling out in just two days of making it legal
The PM, Justin Trudeau argued the laws on criminalising cannabis have been ineffective so far, given that Canadians are still among the world's heaviest users, putting a strain on the justice system. He has said the new law has been designed to keep the drugs out of the hands of minors and stop criminals profiting. The federal government have predicted that the new law will also raise $400m a year in tax revenues from the sale of Cannabis.
Obviously, there are some rules. Adults over 18 years of age will be able to buy cannabis oil, seeds, plants and dried cannabis from licensed producers and retailers. It will be illegal to possess more than 30 grams in public, grow more than four plants per household and to buy from an unlicensed dealer. It goes without saying that the same law applies to cannabis when it comes to driving. Like alcohol, you cannot drive under the influence, as you are likely to cause an accident.
Penalties for some violation will be severe. Someone caught selling the drug to a minor could be jailed for up to 14 years.
At the moment people will not be allowed to buy cannabis-infused food, however, this is expected to change within the next year, this delay is to give the government time to create the regulations which will apply to those specific products.
Now that it is legal what happens to all those people that are stuck in prison who would have not been breaking a law had this been in effect? Well, the Canadian Government has said to be introducing a legislation to fast-track pardon applications of those people who were convicted of possession under 30g. There is said to be over 500,000 Canadians who have this existing criminal record.
Now that another country had made the drug legal is it too soon for the UK to make this move?
Both the Conservatives and Labour parties are currently opposed to legalising the drug, meaning that Britain is unlikely to emulate Canada in the near future. However, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for cannabis to be decriminalised for medical use. The Liberal Democrats and the Green Party, meanwhile, are in favour of legalising cannabis.
It is becoming harder and harder for the UK government to deny the people what they want, the news is filled weekly with success stories on medical cannabis for those who suffer from varying problems such as chronic pain, skin disorders and illnesses which only cannabis can help them with.
For now, however, CBD is very much legal in the UK but we will continue to help break the stigma around cannabis.
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