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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

A Brief History of Weed in Canada

As many of you may know, I am a Canadian and I live in Edmonton, Alberta. 

Here in Canada, recreational marijuana is well on its way to becoming legal in all of the country.

Marijuana can be purchased from a vending machine in Vancouver, I hear. You're more likely to be arrested in Saskatoon. 

Weed was legal in Canada until 1923, and indeed, the US didn't make the bud illegal until 14 years later.

Marijuana's medical benefits were being touted in the late 1990s and 2000s and medical marijuana became available in Canada to those with a prescription, from a medical marijuana dispensary.

Notwithstanding the suspicious sweet smell of pot hovering about downtown in my area of the city and in the lobbies and hallways of this building and others, recreational weed is still illegal in Canada and probably will be until September 2018 at least.

As well, the legalization of weed in Canada is incumbent on international treaties that our country has signed with other nations, and until those are sorted out, it is likely that the status quo will remain and consumers will continue to be busted for possession.

The finale for the story of marijuana in Canada has still to be written.

Consumers continue to light up and wait for the completion of the 2015 Liberal platform to give them the golden key or, as Timothy Leary in my generation might have said:

Turn on, Tune in, Drop out
Timothy Leary


  1. Very good, Kenna! I think MJ should be legal everywhere!

  2. It's legal in some parts of the US, Judi. I am unsure how much longer that will continue, but medical opinion is changing about "Reefer Madness" ha!!!

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