"It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana — and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate," Trudeau wrote on his Twitter.
Il est trop facile pour nos enfants d’obtenir de la marijuana et pour les criminels d’en tirer profit. Aujourd’hui, nous changeons cela. Notre plan visant à légaliser et à réglementer la marijuana vient d’être adopté par le Sénat. #PromesseTenue— Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) 20 июня 2018 г.
The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported that the vote on the so-called Cannabis Act had been passed after 52 senators had upheld it, 29 lawmakers voted against it, and 2 senators abstained from the vote.
Lawmaker Tony Dean, who sponsored the act in the Senate, called passing the legislation after decades of the ban on marijuana use in Canada a "transformative social policy" and a brave move on the part of the government.
Cannabis was banned in Canada in 1923, with regulated medical cannabis becoming legal in 2001.
Canada is the second country to permit the recreational use of marijuana nationwide after Uruguay legalized the drug in 2013.