Canada Becomes 2nd Country To Legalize Recreational Weed

Justin Trudeau has admitted to smoking pot in the past

In total, Statistics Canada says 5.4 million Canadians would buy cannabis from legal dispensaries this year - about 15 percent of the population. Canada legalized medical marijuana nationally in 2001.

As Canada's grand cannabis experiment begins, Americans in border states will weigh their own future. "It looked like it was cultivated properly", he said. The new law allows for recreational use.

In Ontario for instance, residents can only buy marijuana online from a government-run site.

Josh Harnack was one the first customers at one of three shops that the retail chain Fire and Flower opened in Edmonton on Wednesday.

There's lots of money to be made.

. Even though the children - ages 16, 13 and 6 - were too young to go in the store, Fencott said he wanted them to witness the sea-change in policy.

On Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Border and Customs Patrol held a press conference in neighboring MI, a state that has recreational marijuana on the ballot this November election, warning Americans and Canadians that it is illegal to cross the border with marijuana.

Moreover, shares in a number of Canadian pot firms are traded on United States stock markets, including the largest, Canopy Growth Corporation, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.

Festivities erupted throughout the nation as Canada became the largest country on the planet with legal marijuana sales.

The Ontario Cannabis Store had the unfortunate mistake of mislabeling a cannabis oil spray aimed to be used for female genital pain relief as something that was to be used orally.

Cannabis will now be sold in stores and ordered online, with the drugs posted to customers' homes.

Provinces and businesses have been struggling to prepare, and legalization was pushed back from original expectations of a July start to enable setting up distribution and sales networks. He joins an increasingly long list of politicians getting the pot business.

Only time will tell if Canada's nationwide legalization will serve as an example or a cautionary tale.

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Canada's legalization has left proponents in the US calling for Congress to act. Sen.

The legislation, which was passed in the Canadian Senate in June, was part of a 2015 campaign promise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

South Africa allows the use of marijuana in private, but it is still a criminal offence to sale it.

Until now, simple possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana has been punishable by a fine of up to $1,000 and six months in jail. The governing Liberal Party holds a majority in Parliament, so passage is largely assured.

He has also said that his late brother, Michel, was facing marijuana possession charges for a "tiny amount" of cannabis before his death in an avalanche in 1998 and that this influenced his decision to propose legalizing cannabis.

The announcement comes on the day that Canada has legalized so-called recreational marijuana. He says the initiative is about basic fairness.

The trend of no protocol changes is also reflected by state police, who stated they will continue to enforce the state's drug laws as they have been.

It's a different story in other provinces, where brick-and-mortar stores across the country welcomed the first buyers at the crack of midnight.

Ian Power was one of the first people to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada, but he has no plans to smoke it.

The Liberals have faced pressure to address the pot pardon issue, including within their own caucus, due to the effect of marijuana-related convictions on marginalized Canadians.

Traders weren't the only ones to take advantage of legalisation.

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