Canada votes to legalize recreational marijuana, end 9 decades of prohibition

Both chambers of the Canadian Parliament have approved a new law that legalizes marijuana in the country. The Cannabis Act allows both possession and home growth of a limited amount of the plant. Medicinal use of marijuana has been legal in Canada since the early 2000s. Further liberalization is hoped to disrupt the black market, reduce the workload on the justice system and bring investment to the pot industry.