Alicia Bonestroo–Staff Writer

When Canada legalized recreational marijuana in June, it was only the second country–and the first G7 country–to do so. Uruguay was the first. Medical marijuana was already legal in Canada, but now it can also be used for recreational purposes.

The process began in 2015, when Canada’s Liberal party won a majority government in their federal election. One of their promises was legalizing marijuana (also known as pot and cannabis) for recreational purposes. According to the Liberals, legalizing it will enable the government to keep it away from children and to eliminate it from the black market. The new law will allow for adults to share and carry maximum of 30 grams of marijuana. Four plants per household will also be allowed for personal use.

Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, tweeted about the bill in June.

It’s been too easy for our kids to get marijuana – and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalize and regulate marijuana just passed the Senate,” Trudeau said.

Jody Wilson-Raybould, Canada’s justice minister, agrees. On Twitter, she wrote “This legislation will help protect our youth from the risks of cannabis while keeping profits out of the hands of criminals and organized crime.”

Almost three weeks after legalization, the industry is booming. Growers are actually frustrated because they’re selling out during the time it takes to get licensed. They need two different licenses – one to grow, and another to sell. After getting their growing – or cultivation – license, a grower is required to produce two full crops, then send them off for testing, get sales paperwork filled out, and finally, send in a complete application for the actual license. That can take up to 341 days to process.

In the United States, only nine states have completely legalized marijuana, and 21 legalized it for medical purposes. Iowa is not one of those states. Though Canadian Dordt students were contacted for this article, they did not keep up with the news, or did not want to share their opinions.

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