Cannabis Prospect Magazine - February '19 - Issue #1

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Facts & Figures/

IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT

The Rocky Road to Marijuana Legalization in Canada

1923

Cannabis is deemed illegal under the Narcotic Drug Act Amendment Bill

1938

Commercial cultivation of industrial hemp is forbidden.

2015

After he was elected Prime Minister, the first significant step that Justin Trudeau took was the creation of a federal-provincial-territorial task force to discuss a jointly suitable process for the legalization of cannabis possession for casual use.

2017

Bill C-45, also known as Marijuana Act, is passed by the House of Commons and receives Royal Ascension shortly after.

1969

In the 1960s cannabis began to rapidly increase in Canada. In response to the increase in criminal charges against middle class citizens, the government formed the Royal Commission of Inquiry in the Non-Medical Use of Drugs, usually referred to as the Le Dain Commission to investigate the nonmedical cannabis use in Canada.

2016

This Task Force on Marijuana Legalization and Regulation released a 106-page report to the public on 13 December 2016, with various recommendations. Those were provided for consideration by the federal and provincial governments but they were not binding.

October 17, 2018

Recreational cannabis officially becomes legalized across Canada