In a cruel twist of fate, the "developed" nations are coming to their senses and marijuana is slowly gaining full legal and cultural acceptance. This comes a lot later than it should. In the U.S. the laws are absurd, and disproportionately target minorities. My fear is that the West (thank you U.S. of A.) started this "War of Drugs", and all of these developing nations have slowly become more restrictive, that the West will eventually allow it at home, but the rest of the world will be punished for it.
You're already seeing them becoming more and more strict here.
But good job Canada. Better late than never.
Canada's parliament has passed a law legalising the recreational use of marijuana nationwide.
The Cannabis Act passed its final hurdle on Tuesday in a 52-29 vote in the Senate. The bill controls and regulates how the drug can be grown, distributed, and sold.
Canadians will be able to buy and consume cannabis legally as early as this September.
The country is the first in the G7 to legalise the drug's recreational use.
Cannabis possession first became a crime in Canada in 1923 but medical use has been legal since 2001.
The bill will likely receive Royal Assent this week, and the government will then choose an official date when the law will come into force.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted that until now, "it's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits".