Canada House passes marijuana legalization, bill off to Senate next
Canada's House has passed Bill C-42 with a vote of 200-82, taking one step closer towards legalizing marijuana in the Great White North and setting up regulations that enables its sale and use. Canada is trying to get marijuana legal and available in the country by next July, 2018 (with the support of legislators like Prime Minister Justin Trudeau), but the biggest opposition now comes from conservatives in Canada's Senate, who say that there's just not enough time to be ready by then. They would rather get legalization implemented by another year after that, which could delay the bill as it's debated in the Senate.
Whether the road is bumpy or smooth, it certainly sounds like Canada is rolling towards legalization. Even if conservatives can slow down the bill, with overwhelming numbers of people supporting the cause up there, it seems very likely that within a year or two, you'll be able to light up without worry in the US' neighbor to the north.