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Canada legalized marijuana on Wednesday for recreational use and to regulate its sale, becoming the first major Western nation to do so.

Canadians will be allowed to grow, possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes, reported BBC News.

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People above 19 years of age in Canada can buy up to 30 grams of cannabis and grow up to four plants at home, under the new regulations.

Canada is the second country after Uruguay to legalize recreational marijuana under The Cannabis Act.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a promise during the 2015 campaign to legalize the drug to protect children and reduce profits that go to criminals.

“We’re not legalizing cannabis because we think it’s good for our health. We’re doing it because we know it’s not good for our children,” Trudeau said on the eve of the reform.

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