Oh Canada!: Canada Is Legalizing Marijuana On October 17

Submitted by: trimble 2 months ago in News & Politics


An excerpt from the Associated Press by way of The Washington Post: Canada is legalizing adult use of marijuana on Oct. 17 and will be the second and largest country to do so. The federal government established the broad outline of the legalization law but left it up to provinces and territories to fill in some of the details — such as whether to allow home grows, to establish a legal purchase age of 18 or 19, and whether to sell through government-run pot shops or private outlets.

Here’s a look at how the industry will look, as well as some key differences between Canada’s approach and that of the nine U.S. states that have legalized so-called recreational marijuana.

WHAT’S ALLOWED
Canada’s Cannabis Act allows people 18 and older to buy marijuana online or in retail stores. Most provinces have raised the minimum age to 19, however, to align with the drinking age. In the U.S., states with recreational legalization have an age limit of 21, which matches the drinking age.

Canadian law sets a 30-gram limit on how much people can buy at once or possess in public. That’s just over an ounce, which is the possession limit in all but one of the U.S. states with legal pot — Maine’s limit is 2.5 ounces (71 grams). However, there’s no limit on how much Canadians can possess in their homes.


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Male 3,118
I guess I can go back home from Amsterdam soon then :)
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Male 2,366
I like the new flag.  I hope we don’t impose a tariff though:)
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Male 2,352
On October 15th Halifax, Nova Scotia is banning all smoking and vaping on any public property. This includes streets and sidewalks. There will be some designated smoking areas in the city. Right now there are 10 designated areas.  Keep in mind that Halifax is over 5,400 sq km or 2,100 sq miles. Long Island is 1,400 sq miles.  The maximum fine for smoking outside of a DSZ (designated smoking zone) is $2,000 or 30 days in jail.

Since streets are included -- you can get fined for smoking in your car.

Also since I own a larger property and run it as a small farm I can apply to be a micro grower and grow up to 200 sq metres (2,100 sq ft) of Cannabis.

I've been stopped once in the past decade for a spot check.  I predict on and after October 17th I'll go through a spot check at least a couple of times a week.
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Male 18,342
lockner01 it's bad enough already.
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Male 118
From what I hear Canada is really tough on DUI. They don't even like to allow Americans in that have been convicted of a DUI. How do you think they will handle this?
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Male 1,886
drwhowho Driving while impaired, regardless of the type of impairment, is a criminal offense.
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Male 1,886
As a Canadian, I am happy that this product will be taxed, with proceeds going to general revenues in the same way as the other 'sin' taxes (smokes, booze).  Its not like making it legal will have a dramatic impact on its usage.  And the uptight dingbats will have to accept that discussions, warnings, usage information, etc. WILL be taught in health classes for kids to learn about the heath risks, just as they do for smoking and drinking.

I do not partake (don't smoke cigs either) but spending enormous sums of money to prosecute and incarcerate folks for simple possession is simply an irresponsible misuse of resources.

Sadly, there will be problems dealing with our puritanical neighbours to the south, but relations should settle out in the long term.
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Male 118
punko The last poll I saw was about 50/50 for national legalization. Don't worry, not all of us are Puritans.
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Male 1,886
drwhowho The population is not, but the lawmakers are.  Right now, if a non-American is asked by an American border guard if you have ever smoked pot, work for a legal pot producer, or even own shares in a mutual fund that includes shares of legal pot producers, you will be banned from entry into the USA.  If you lie and are found out, you can face a lifetime ban.
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Male 2,352
punko "you will be banned from entry into the USA"  Everything I've read and heard is "you MAY be banned from entry into the USA".  Nobody knows what exactly is going to happen.  Close to a third of Canadians have smoked pot -- that have admitted to it.  Are the Americans going to shut down a third of the traffic coming into the states? 
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Male 1,886
lockner01 In answer to your question, yes.  The border guards currently ask the pot question, even though it is not yet currently legal.  The question concerning pot shares, employment in the current companies that produce medical mary jane is a current thorn in the side of those that travel to the US.

If you admit to smoking pot or owning shares or are currently  employed by a legal pot grower at this moment, or going forward, you WILL be turned away. You MAY receive a 1, 2 or 6 month BAN from entry.  Lying to border guards about this stuff and getting found out MAY get  you a lifetime ban.
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Male 2,352
punko ok -- I believe you.  I don't smoke and the last time I went to the States was 2 years ago.  I smoked a joint 30 years ago in high school. Do you think if I went to the states and admitted to smoking a joint 30 years ago I would be denied entry?
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Male 1,886
lockner01 I honestly don't know.  Logic flies out the window when dealing with some government agencies.  I certainly wouldn't want to put it to the test, as I would most likely be travelling with my family, and getting split up would be horrible.
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Male 9,645
punko 100% agree.  And besides it's never been treated as a serious crime.  My parents have been smoking for 50 years, so has the entire neighborhood.
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Male 2,366
normalfreak2 if IAB ever has a get-together we’re doing it at your parents house.

Are Cheech and Chong their neighbors?
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Male 47
Why spend millions to keep it illegal? They're not stopping anyone, just make it legal and make millions. God knows Illinois could use it.
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Female 6,716
cellis1 Ask big pharma, who grease politicians' palms to keep voting legalization down.  Can't keep folks addicted to pain pills, anxiety pills, sleeping pills, can't deal with life pills if you can grow a plant that will do all of those things for free, now can you?
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Male 47
melcervini Bingo. Back in 91 our mail clerk at MCAS Tustin was in a bad motorcycle accident and was given opiods for pain. She became addicted to them and didn't break the cycle until a few years ago.
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Male 118
melcervini Yep. Since Pennsylvania legalized medical marijuana the dispensaries can't keep up with the demand. It's got to be making the drug companies crazy.
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Male 4,490
Let's see.. The closest state to me with full recreational use is... 6.5 hours away.
The Canadian border is.. 5 hours away.
To Canada!!!
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Male 118
DuckBoy87 PA is talking about it since they legalized medical. Let's see how far it goes. Then you have to worry about you employer testing you for it since it is still technically illegal at the federal level. As long as hardcore conservatives stay in power I don't think we will see it being removed as a Schedule 1 drug.
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Male 2,366
drwhowho and that is the main problem.  So many employers are “zero tolerance”. 
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Male 1,246
Been legal and regulated in my state for 4 years now. Civilization hasn't collapsed........yet
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Male 276