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Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to legalise the possession and use of recreational cannabis.

The landmark ruling was driven by a campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who argued that Canada’s laws criminalising the drug have been ineffective, given that Canadians are still among the world’s heaviest users.

Mr Trudeau also claimed that legalising the drug will keep money out of the hands of criminals and raise $400m in tax revenue.

Despite hundreds of Canadians flocking to cannabis retailers as the news broke, there are concerns over how ready Canada is to embrace a truly liberalised attitude towards cannabis.

Cannabis was made illegal in the UK in 1928 as an addition to the Dangerous Drugs Act of 1920

What does the law says?

Over time however, statistics have demonstrated an evolution in perception of cannabis usage, which is generally more relaxed.

Data from the Home Office from 2016 showed cannabis was the most commonly used illegal drug in the UK, with 6.5 per cent of adults aged between 16 to 59 having used it in the last year (around 2.1 million people).

A YouGov poll found that 75 per cent of the British public support the use of cannabis on medical grounds, whilst 43 per cent support it being legalised for recreational use.

In December 2016, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) ruled that if CBD is being advertised for medical purposes, it needs to be licensed.

In other words, CBD is technically legal in the UK as long as claims are not made about its benefits.

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