On October 17, 2018, the Canadian government decriminalized weed for recreational use. Today marijuana is a popular recreation enjoyed by more people than ever with a developing industry for entrepreneurs and tastemakers alike. It has been two years of cannabis legalization in Canada but it was not an easy path.
The same day cannabis was legalized in Canada, I was actually crossing the border from a trip to Detroit. Already I noticed the signs about cannabis legalization and new rules for travel posted everywhere. Same with signage at the airport. The cannabis leaf was now a symbol intended for the public, just like the plant itself. It was the first time ever I’d be asked by authorities if I was travelling with cannabis as part of a checklist – and I realized it is now starting to be another aspect of modern society.
Cannabis legalization didn’t happen overnight
It is an ongoing process that is paving the way for established global markets and shifting how the world views cannabis. Decriminalizing weed for market & recreational purposes on a national level makes Canada only the second country in the world to do so, after Uruguay in 2014.
Canada focused on three main outcomes with cannabis legalization:
Protection/Education of Public Health Protection of Youth Reduction of illegal market-related crime