The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world’s second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.
A federal official said Canada would pardon people with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the new legal threshold, with a formal announcement due later on Wednesday.
The use of medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001 and Justin Trudeau’s government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana. The goal is to better reflect society’s changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system.
A former Canadian millionaire and twice-convicted murderer has been convicted of killing his father, whose death was initially ruled a suicide.
Dellen Millard wept when he heard the judge pronounce him guilty of murdering his father Wayne Millard.
Millard is already serving two life sentences for the murders of Laura Babcock and Tim Bosma.
He inherited the family fortune after his father was found shot in the head.
The 2012 death was originally ruled a suicide, but on Monday an Ontario Superior Court judge found him guilty of shooting his father while he slept
Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs and investors could face a lifetime ban from the US over their involvement in the industry, US media report.
A senior US border official told news site Politico that Canadians in the burgeoning sector could be deemed inadmissible to the US.
Canada is a month away from becoming the first industrialised nation to legalise recreational cannabis use.
While some US states allow pot use, the drug remains federally illegal.
There have been concerns within Canada’s growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border.
One suspect is in custody and officials confirmed “there is no further threat to the public” just after 11 a.m. The area will remain “contained for the foreseeable future” as officials continue to investigate.
“No names are being released at this time,” authorities said in a tweet. “Please appreciate this is a difficult time for their families and our colleagues. We will provide more info when we can.”
Mail-order weed? You betcha!
With marijuana legalization across Canada on the horizon, the industry is shaping up to look different from the way it does in nine U.S. states that have legalized adult recreational use of the drug. Age limits, government involvement in distribution and sales, and access to banking are some big discrepancies.
And yes, Canadians will be able to order cannabis online and have it delivered through the mail — something that’s illegal in the United States.
Recreational marijuana may soon be legal in Canada, after both the House of Commons and the Senate approved the Cannabis Act. Legal sales are likely to begin before the end of summer after the Senate voted 52-29 Tuesday night to approve the bill, the CBC reports.
“We’ve just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition,” Sen. Tony Dean, one of the bill’s sponsors, told the CBC. “Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government.”
Canada’s minister of justice sponsored the cannabis bill; the government announced its push for legalization last spring with an official news release that stated, “The current approach to cannabis does not work.”
President Donald Trump said the United States will not sign a joint agreement with other G-7 countries, an abrupt reversal that will further erode relations with key U.S. allies and underscore the country’s increasing isolation under Trump.
Trump announced his decision in a tweet while lashing out at Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who expressed opposition to Trump’s trade policies at the conclusion of the contentious summit.
The focus is now on finding the two men and identifying just what motivated the attack, which took place around 10:30 p.m. Thursday while two separate private parties were underway. Approximately 40 people were inside at the time, including several children under age 10. No children were hurt.