Canada's Senate approves cannabis bill with amendments

Canada's Senate has approved a bill to legalize recreational marijuana, but it will likely still be months before cannabis is sold in stores across the country.

In a marathon session that lasted over six hours on Thursday, the Senate voted 56 to 30, with one abstention, in favor of a version of Bill C-45 that includes several dozen amendments.

Those changes mean the bill must now go back to the House of Commons, where the Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals hold a majority. They will decide what changes get approved, or rejected, before sending the legislation back to the Senate.

This sets the stage for a possible back-and-forth between the two houses of parliament if they can't agree on the exact content of the bill, also known as the Cannabis Act.

Passed in the House in November 2017, Bill C-45 would make it legal for adults to possess and share up to 30 grams of dried cannabis for recreational purposes across Canada. >>>

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