CANADA – Canada will legalize the consumption and cultivation of cannabis from October 17, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Wednesday, cited by AFP.

The declaration comes after both houses of parliament voted to legalize the drug for recreational use, making Canada the first G7 country to do so and the second in the world following Uruguay.

In their successful 2015 election campaign, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals had made legalizing recreational use of marijuana a key endeavor, arguing that the new law would keep cannabis out of the hands of underage users and reduce related crime.

Image: Justin Trudeau, Canada Prime Minister (Public Domain). FOCUS News Agency contributed to this report.