Cannabis legalisation in North America

Canada legalises cannabis in October 2018

In October this year Canada became the second country after Uruguay, and the first G20 country to legalise cannabis.  This came about as part of an election pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Cannabis was legalised to enable the government to fulfil three goals. 

  1. They want to control usage of the drug amongst minors.  An example of one of the measures put in place for limiting access to young people is that it will now incur a jail sentence of up to 14 years if found selling cannabis products to minors.
  2. In order to reduce the burden on the legal system.
  3. To remove the control from the illegal drugs market.  This in turn will have a positive knock-on effect on the amount of tax legalizing cannabis could raise

Legalisation of cannabis in certain states in the America

This month on the blog we look at the move towards legalising marijuana

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