The legalization of marijuana in Canada became one step closer to reality Thursday when senators voted for the Trudeau government’s proposed bill.
Senators voted 44-29 to move Bill C-45 forward. That is one of two key bills that would enact a new legal framework for both the production and distribution of cannabis.
Hours beforehand, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had warned senators his government was elected with a mandate to make the controversial change to Canada’s drug laws.
The bill now moves on for more detailed study in Senate committees with a final vote on the legislation expected in June.
The legislation, and the rush to get it passed into law before the end of the parliamentary sitting in June, had run into strong objections in the upper chamber from Conservatives and some Independents who feared the government was moving too fast.