Canada’s Senate votes to legalize pot

Canada’s Senate votes to legalize pot

The Senate has passed the federal government’s bill to legalize recreational cannabis by a vote of 52-29.

Senators had backed down on an amendment that would have recognized the authority of provincial governments to ban home cultivation of marijuana plants if they choose.

The Trudeau government rejected that amendment and now senators have voted 45-35 against insisting on it.

The government rejected 12 other amendments approved by the Senate, but senators felt most strongly about the home cultivation one.

Quebec and Manitoba have already decided to ban home-grown weed, despite the fact that the federal bill specifies that individuals may grow up to four plants per dwelling.

The Senate’s amendment was intended to avoid legal challenges of the provinces’ constitutional authority to prohibit home cultivation.