Sober start as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

Sober start as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

"We just made history", said the 46-year-old Power, who bought a gram. At least a dozen other countries have informal policies limiting enforcement of marijuana laws without providing for a legal infrastructure for its production and sale. All underwent criminal background checks, but a small pot possession conviction would not necessarily disqualify them.

Canada on Wednesday will become the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, five years after Uruguay.

"I honestly didn't think I was going to be the first person in line, but I gotta say that I'm pretty excited that it turned out I am", Prete said. The regulations governing when, where, and how one can buy and ingest marijuana in Canada also vary by province.

The organization also maintains that by moving forward with the legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes in disregard of its legal obligations and diplomatic commitments, the government of Canada has contributed to weakening the worldwide legal drug control framework and undermining the rules-based global order.

"The reality is that we're going to have people inadvertently get caught up into this, and that can have very big, significant consequences on our economy, on [American] tourism, on a number of different things".

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

Blair cautions that legalization is only the first step towards a strictly regulated cannabis regime that achieves the government's twin objectives of getting pot out of the hands of kids and eliminating the thriving black market run by organized crime.

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Experts like John-Kurt Pliniussen, a marketing professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, are also predicting a bump in tourism worth several billion dollars, citing as examples Amsterdam and a handful of U.S. states where pot is legal.

The AP reported that more than 100 legal pot shops are expected to open on Wednesday. For instance, the cheapest option for those buying from the Ontario Cannabis Store is a gram of "Strawberry Ice", produced by Northern Harvest which sells for $7.50. "And my new dealer is the prime minister!"

Canada has invested C$274 million to enforce new laws and some provinces have allocated their own funding, but Palmer said police will not crack down on illegal stores right away. Quebec's new government has vowed to raise it further, to 21.

But "if they're coming to the United States. with the express interest to facilitate or develop the marijuana industry, they would generally be deemed inadmissible".

Some provinces may opt to set the age limit at 19. Some provinces have government-run stores, others allow private retailers, and some have both. "If they don't possess marijuana and smoked it in a legal place, there isn't much we can do about that", Favro said.

Kennedy said it simply shows the demand for a cannabis stock that's regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and reports its financials using US generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP.

Inside the gleaming BC Cannabis Store, some 92 products are for sale from 40 licensed producers, but only about seven per cent is grown inside the province.

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