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Canadian House of Commons Approves Marijuana Bill, Sends Back to Senate

Canada’s lower legislative chamber voted Monday to nationwide legalization of marijuana, sending the proposal back to the Senate for a possible final vote.

The House of Commons voted 205-82 on Monday to approve the proposed legislation.

The House rejected some changes to the legislation that the Senate had made, which is why the measure returns to the upper chamber. The timeline for when the Senate would take up the bill wasn’t completely clear. The CBC reported it could come as early as Monday night.

If it passes, it will be up to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet to decide on an effective date. The measure includes a ramp-up period to allow provinces to prepare for the sale of non-medical cannabis.

CTV News reported that if the measure is approved this week, non-medical cannabis use could be legal by September.



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