Recreational marijuana may soon be legal in Canada, after both the House of Commons and the Senate approved the Cannabis Act. Legal sales are likely to begin before the end of summer after the Senate voted 52-29 Tuesday night to approve the bill, the CBC reports.
"We've just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition," Sen. Tony Dean, one of the bill's sponsors, told the CBC. "Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government."
Canada's minister of justice sponsored the cannabis bill; the government announced its push for legalization last spring with an official news release that stated, "The current approach to cannabis does not work."
The government said that making marijuana illegal "has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth."
It added, "In many cases, it is easier for our kids to buy cannabis than cigarettes."
Those points were echoed by Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau last fall, when he welcomed the news that the bill was making its way to the Senate.