Canadian Plan to Legalize Marijuana by Midsummer Passes First Hurdle in Senate

Canadian Plan to Legalize Marijuana by Midsummer Passes First Hurdle in Senate

Senators voted 44-29 to advance the Trudeau government's proposed bill.

March 23, 2018

OTTAWA—The Liberal plan to legalize marijuana by midsummer was rescued Thursday when senators — including Independents who were appointed but not controlled by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau — voted for the Trudeau government’s proposed bill.

In a 44-29 vote, the Senate nudged forward Bill C-45, one of two key bills that would enact a new legal framework for cannabis production and distribution.

It was a “second reading” or vote on the bill in principle, and a late-hour victory that had appeared far from certain for a key Liberal promise, coming only after a memo went out late Wednesday to travelling independent senators to return for the crucial vote.

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