When it comes to leading the way for legalized recreational marijuana in the USA, there’s no question that our neighbors to the north have been outpacing us. The current Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, promised to decriminalize cannabis during his 2015 campaign. Many weren’t sure how a country of Canada’s size would accomplish the feat. Less than two years later, the world got a better idea of what that plan would look like in April 2017, when Trudeau proposed landmark legislation that would make Canada the first industrialized nation in the world to legalize cannabis.

Marijuana Legalization in Canada and the US

Liberals push for stricter governance when it comes to cannabis industry regulation

The proposed legislation, which is widely expected to sail through Canada’s parliamentary process, will make marijuana legally available across the then entire nation by the middle of 2018. In contrast, recreational marijuana sales and consumption for adults over the age of 21 is only legal in a handful of states in America, including Nevada.


Despite growing public acceptance of marijuana consumption, and milestone announcements like Canada’s, marijuana prohibition in American remains in official federal effect. Although states are fighting back in their own way—currently around 65 million Americans have legal access to medical and recreational cannabis—legislative action from a state can only go so far. For example, while it is completely legal to purchase and consume recreational marijuana in Las Vegas and the whole state of Nevada, crossing state lines with marijuana or a cannabis product is a federal crime.

What do Canada’s marijuana laws mean for federal marijuana prohibition?

Since 2001, when Canada legalized medical marijuana, the country’s cannabis industry evolved in a slow but relatively predictable way. American innovation has shaped our cannabis industry to include products like concentrates, edibles, and dispensaries to sell them out. Canada’s regulations coming into 2017, on the other hand, worked so that producers would send their products directly to patients by mail or delivery.


Until Trudeau’s proposed legislation is enacted in 2018, it’s still technically illegal to sell marijuana out of any storefront in Canada. This is in direct contrast to the United States where literally thousands of medical and recreational marijuana dispensaries are scattered across the country. Nevertheless, it is Canada and NOT the United States that is set to federally decriminalize cannabis and invest in the growth of the country’s cannabis industry.

Bringing American innovation to Canadian markets

When it comes to legalized recreational marijuana in the USA, decriminalization has resulted in an explosion of industry growth and innovation. From new brands and products like vaping oils and cartridges, to a slew of concentrates and edibles, the American market is rushing to answer the needs of all kinds of cannabis consumers.

For now anyway, Canada has nothing like that. Edibles are still illegal, and the laws governing concentrates are murky because licensed producers in Canada haven’t invested in developing their products with the same fervor as their American counterparts. For example, despite the popularity of vaporizers and vape pens in America, these accessories aren’t widely available in Canada through legal channels.

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