Canada set to be first G7 country to legalise marijuana nationwide
The Canadian Senate is due to vote on Thursday on bill C-45, which would legalise the use and purchase of marijuana for people over 18. The bill has already passed the House of Commons, and is supported by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The Senate has studied the bill for six months and is expected to pass it.
Sales of legal cannabis will not be permitted until two to three months after the legislation passes, the country’s health minister has said.
Canada would be the first of the G7 countries – a group of seven of the world’s largest economies – to legalise the drug nationwide. Some of the countries, including Canada, have passed legislation allowing marijuana for medical use. Several US states have legalised recreational use of the drug.
Becoming a leader in legalisation could have major impacts on Canada’s economy. Legal marijuana is expected to me a more than $6bn business, according to a report by financial services company Deloitte, with $4.3bn coming from recreational sales and $1.7bn from medical.