Canada poised to approve legal marijuana sales; pot shops could be open by late summer

Canada’s government is poised to approve sweeping cannabis legalization as soon as this week and could launch marijuana sales by late summer.

The Canadian Senate, the members of which are appointed rather than elected, is likely to OK a  legalization measure Thursday after years of quiet study and discussion. After House approval, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government expects to launch legal sales as soon as 10 to 12 weeks from now.

Canada’s approach differs from that taken in the USA, where nine states and the District of Columbia have legalized cannabis, but there hasn’t been a substantive national discussion about the widely used drug. As part of legalization, the Canadian government will probably inform citizens that admitting to marijuana use might get them barred from crossing the border into the USA, which classifies cannabis as a Schedule 1 drug with “no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse,” according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

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