Collingwood Premier Lashes Out At PM's Legalized Cannabis Plan News Centre News

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"There will be a lot of celebrations on the day, and it will nearly all be with illegal cannabis" in some of Canada's biggest cities, said Brad Poulos, an instructor and cannabis business expert at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Outside one of the cannabis shops in St. John's, N.L., that were set to open at 12 a.m. local time on October 17th, the 46-year-old knew exactly what he planned to do with his first legally purchased gram.

In total, Statistics Canada says 5.4 million Canadians will buy cannabis from legal dispensaries in 2018 - about 15 percent of the population.

Tara O'Reilly, another customer who lined up for the big day, said she doesn't use cannabis personally but she came out to be a part of the historic moment. "There's a tear in my eye".

"Additional licensed cannabis retail stores will open in the coming months, as private cannabis retailers proceed through the regulatory and permit process", the province said. British Columbia, for example, has only one storefront opening on Wednesday, Alberta could have fewer than two dozen, Ontario will have none and Quebec is expected to open 12 outlets.

"Now that our neighbour to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for OR and other states across the country", he said in a statement.

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Uruguay fully legalized the drug back in 2013 under then-President José Mujica.

Under the new law, Canadians can also order marijuana through the mail.

Some provinces may opt to set the age limit at 19. "We just made history", said the 46-year-old Power, who bought a gram.

The Senate decision has been welcomed by thousands in the nation and several stores in Newfoundland reportedly opened at midnight with scores of people queuing outside to legally buy pot.

Just look at what's happened already, in the run-up to legalization.

As of Tuesday the drug was still illegal, and officials at the media briefing said any charges or cases before the courts could still be prosecuted after legalization. "The prices are very comparable", Thomas Clarke, owner of THC Distribution store, said. She hopes to make money from pipes, bongs and marijuana paraphernalia.

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