Three years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected with a mandate to legalise marijuana residents in Canada can now legally purchase the drug – putting an end to nearly a century of prohibition in the country.
Banned in 1923 cannabis first became legal in 2001 – when the government approved it for medicinal purposes only.
‘There’s no question the world is watching’.
Jody Wilson-Raybould – the country’s attorney-general – said at a press conference on Wednesday morning.
The federal government also announced plans to pardon people convicted of previous minor marijuana convictions – a victory for campaigners who argued that prohibition unfairly targeted racial minorities.