With the passage of the Senate Bill C-45 on June 19, Canada officially legalized marijuana.
Canada is the second country to make such a move. Uruguay legalized it in 2013.
“Our plan to legalize & regulate marijuana just passed the Senate,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted.
The margin in favor was an overwhelming 52 to 29, with two abstentions. The bill gives provinces until Oct. 17 to begin selling marijuana commercially. Originally, the plan was to launch on July 1, but the legislation has resulted in a 15-week start-up delay.
It’s the perfect time to attend an event in Canada’s cannabis capitol, Vancouver, affectionately known as Vansterdam. The International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) there is scheduled for June 24-25. It’s not too late to register and book flights and hotel reservations at Sheraton Wall Centre.
“The ICBC is fortunate that our Vancouver event is occurring just five days after the first G7 nation on Earth legalized,” says Alex Rogers, ICBC founder and CEO.
Why Vancouver over Toronto as a choice of location? “Toronto is clearly the Canadian cannabis financial capital,” Rogers explains. “But Vancouver is the cannabis capital of Canada. Regardless of