Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Money | By Ralph Mccoy

Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

"It was my dream to become the first person to buy the first gram of legal cannabis and here I am", he told AFP news agency.

The historic sales made Canada one of the few countries globally to regulate and legalize marijuana for adult use, and the largest nation with a national marketplace for legal pot.

Uruguay was first was the first country to legalise marijuana, in 2013.

Individuals are eligible to apply for a pardon through the Parole Board of Canada five years after the conviction is handed down. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s.

Cannabis NL expected 22 stores to open on October 17, but not all opted to open in the middle of the night to commemorate the event. The most populous province is working on its regulations and does not expect any stores to open until next spring.

Speaking to the Ontario Provincial Police Association, in The Blue Mountains, Ford said while Trudeau "boasted" about legalizing cannabis in the past, the prime minister has been a "no show" as October 17th approaches.

Some provinces may opt to set the age limit at 19. The brick-and-mortar stores would be privately-run.

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But critics say it will lead to an increase in deaths on Canada's roads.

"We're not legalising cannabis because we think it's good for our health".

US Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference call on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and that those who are caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution.

"We'll be talking about that in the coming days and weeks", he said before heading into a cabinet meeting.

As Canada welcomes legalization, supply shortages could develop, as happened in some USA states when legalization arrived.

The supply of recreational marijuana could be limited at least early on in some stores.

"We're aware of some of the kinks or growing pains that come with creating an industry out of whole cloth in 24 months", Fencott said. Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they will be cutting a ribbon and cake. You can buy rolling papers, handheld vaporizers, bongs, pipes and all sorts of other paraphernalia. "If age verification fails, the product will be returned to the LDB and full purchase price and associated taxes will be refunded", the B.C. LDB said in a release. "That's not even paying someone's salary".

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