What to know as Canada legalizes marijuana

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Marijuana is now legal all across Canada, thanks to Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau

As of today, recreational marijuana is legal throughout Canada. While the country celebrates, there are still concerns that should be addressed. To clear the air, here are some of the more important details to keep in mind.

Only adults 18 years old or older can purchase or carry marijuana. Up to 30 grams can legally be carried in public and up to four plants can be cultivated per household for personal use.

Marijuana won’t be available at the corner grocery store. Retailers must be approved by regulators and must adhere to strict policies. Only licensed produced can legally cultivate marijuana.

While possessing marijuana within Canada’s borders is legal, trying to cross an international border isn’t. Even if the trip has a final destination, such as California or Colorado where marijuana is legal, don’t try to cross the country’s border or you’ll definitely be detained.

Canadian lawmakers are currently working on legislation that will reverse charges against those individuals who were convicted of illegal marijuana possession under previous laws. There’s a limit, though, and only those who had been convicted of possessing 30 grams or less could see their records expunged.

Marijuana legalization was a campaign promise of Canada’s Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau. With his approval, Canada has now become the first G7 country to legalize marijuana for recreational use. With rumors circulating that US lawmakers are set to discuss marijuana in the upcoming session of Congress, the US could follow suit sometime next year.