Canada legalises cannabis for recreational use

Daniel Fowler
October 18, 2018

Separately, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on Wednesday said the government would waive the fee and waiting period when people who have been convicted of possession of up to 30 grams of marijuana apply for pardons, after they've served their sentences.

Interested in Marijuana? Add Marijuana as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Marijuana news, video, and analysis from ABC News. "We've won and my gut is like oh no, what are they doing?" Each Canadian province has set its own age limit and rules on how to sell the drug - with some opting for storefronts and others pushing business online.

Canada on Wednesday legalized the recreational use of marijuana.

The proposal is subject to approval by Parliament.

At that time, private sellers will have to source any cannabis they sell to their customers from a single distributor: the provincial government.

A woman smokes marijuana in Vancouver on October 17, 2018 — the first day it was legalized.

On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to parliament, reiterating why he had been campaigning for this legislation over the last few years.

Ontario, home to Canada's most populous city, Toronto, will have no physical stores until April 2019, due to a change to the province's retail model by a new provincial government.

The federal government and many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edible pot for a year, and tight control over supply.

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The coming into force of the Cannabis Act makes Canada only the second nation after Uruguay to legalize the drug. "We believe this is the first step toward the establishment of cannabis as a key functional ingredient touching multiple consumer categories".

"'I don't need to be a criminal anymore, and that's a great feeling", said MacIsaac, who had been arrested for possession in 2001.

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

Of the three stores that were open on Wednesday, only Canadian Safe Cannabis Society at 405 Tranquille within the city's approved zoning for cannabis shops, which were made to mirror the sites where liquor stores are permitted.

While President Donald Trump has said he would likely support a congressional effort to ease the federal prohibition, his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is a marijuana critic and legalization opponent.

Bud and breakfast In what some hope will be a boon to the budding weed tourism industry, some provinces are allowing smoking and vaping cannabis in hotels and inns.

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

CBP said in a statement that officers are "thoroughly trained on admissibility factors" when assessing people who come to the USA from Canada. Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they will be cutting a ribbon and cake. "We both have to get our heads together around this because if we make our border thicker and have more problems, then we're not going to be able to compete and we'll lose jobs", Masse said. Orders will be mailed out within 48 business hours, according to the province, and delivered by Canada Post.

There's lots of money to be made.

. "We liked being in the public, we liked providing medicine, we got all these thank you cards - everybody hates the fact that we're leaving", Kreutz said.

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