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Pot Will Be Legal October 17th.

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sets date for legal recreational use in Canada.

October 17th is the date when recreational marijuana will be legal in Canada.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the date in the House of Commons, saying the government has delayed the legalization schedule in order to give the provinces time to get ready.

A reporter asked the PM whether he would bring in amnesty for those convicted of marijuana possession in the last few years.

Trudeau says until the law is changed there is no point looking at pardons, while the old law is on the books.

On Tuesday, the Senate voted to end its opposition to certain aspects of the federal bill.

Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould called the legislation,  which still requires royal assent to become law, transformative.

Calling it a "wholesale shift" in how the country deals with marijuana, the minister said the legalization approach replaces a failed model that made organized criminals rich and put vulnerable children at risk.

While the federal government was responsible for the bill that will ultimately legalize recreational marijuana possession, home growing and sales to adults — by dismantling key aspects of the Criminal Code that ensured prohibition for 95 years — the practical details of implementing legalization have been left largely to the provinces and territories.

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