Personal use and cultivation of marijuana looks like being legalised in Canada.
Personal use and cultivation of marijuana looks like being legalised in Canada. John Locher

Canada a step closer to legal pot

CANADA is a step closer to legalising marijuana after the House of Commons approved new legislation on the drug.

Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party pledged during the 2015 election campaign to change the law by July next year.

Medical use of the drug has been allowed for years, but personal use and growing small amounts has always been outlawed.

That could change after politicians approved a bill by a vote of 200 to 82.

The bill was amended to remove a requirement that limited the size of home-grown marijuana plants and to ensure that legislation for marijuana edibles and concentrates was brought forward to within a year.

Before the vote in the Commons, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould said the bill marks an "important milestone” in the government's plans to keep the profit from marijuana out of the hands of organised crime outfits and the drug out of the hands of kids, CBCNews reported.

The bill now needs to be supported by the Senate to become law, but the opposition Conservative Party has threatened to oppose it.

- Loulla-Mae Eleftheriou-Smith, The Independent



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