A guide to Canada's legal cannabis

A guide to Canada's legal cannabis”

However, the first official purchase went to Ian Power and Nikki Rose, who stood proudly at the front of the line outside Tweed's newly opened retail location in downtown St. John's.

The day weed became legal in Canada was also a moment that saw the country in the global spotlight.

The day was historic for the country as Canadian adults will be able to legally smoke recreational marijuana after almost a century-long ban.

The Quebec government has said that cannabis in their provincially run stores will be priced as low at $5.25 per gram, but on day one of legalization, the cheapest pot available in the SQDC seems to be Aphria's adult-use brand Solei, which is priced at $8.50 per gram, and is of the Indica strain, which skews heavier in CBD content.

Weed stocks were set to slide at Wednesday's opening bell after Canada become the second country to officially legalize marijuana. The statement warns that while cannabis may be legal in Canada and some states, pot remains illegal under US federal law.

Though the province now only has one BC Cannabis Store open, and no privately operated stores have received final licensing approval, British Columbians don't need to travel to Kamloops to buy marijuana legally. Until then, the only legal channel to buy weed is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. Wednesday, it shipped more cannabis to Ontario's provincial warehouse.

Canada legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting last night.

Legalization of marijuana was among the 2015 campaign promises by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the leader of the governing Liberal Party.

"The criminal prohibition that was in effect for a century in this country has failed our kids and our community", Bill Blair, minister of border security and organized crime reduction, told reporters.

The provinces and territories will be responsible for setting rules for sales and distribution, which has led to a patchwork of regulations across the country. "We'll have to see how it nets out in terms of supply and demand".

The online stores using Shopify Inc's e-commerce software across the country were processing more than 100 orders a minute, and had millions of visitors in the first 12 hours, an external spokeswoman said.

"October 18th is going to look very much like October 16th, in many ways", Farnworth said.

While the United Nations drug board was unhappy, the opposite was true in Canada as jubilant customers stood in long lines outside shops.

"I don't think Canada legalizing is going to move the ball with regard to legalization in the US, especially with this administration", says Hannah Hetzer, who tracks worldwide marijuana policy for the New York-based Drug Policy Alliance.

According to the federal government, there could be as many as 300 storefronts across Canada selling cannabis by year's end.

"Police will continue to enforce the laws in relation to illegal grow operations and marijuana dispensaries", Const. Sandasha Bough said Wednesday. In August, Canada approved a device to detect levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabis's psychoactive element, in drivers' oral fluids.

"Our number one priority is to make sure our children are safe, make sure we keep it away from schools, and make sure we let municipalities decide if they're even going to sell it, where they can smoke it", the premier said.

Sarauer said there are challenges with legalization, namely policing, but she said lack of government action has compounded the delays.

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