Published: Thu, October 18, 2018

Canada Makes Cannabis Legal; Smokers Rejoice on Twitter

Canada Makes Cannabis Legal; Smokers Rejoice on Twitter

"I am going to frame it and hang it on my wall". "I'm going to save it forever". All the years of activism paid off. Cannabis is legal in Canada and everyone should come to Canada and enjoy our cannabis.

The federal government announced Wednesday that legislation will be introduced to waive the waiting period and fee for those seeking a pardon for minor pot possession offences.

Ian Power was the first person to purchase legal marijuana in Canadian history. "It is the end of an era, it is the end of a prohibition". "We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children", Mr Trudeau said. I think we expected that, some of the LPs couldn't get enough to us online.

"I'm happy that [the majority of our product] sold", said Canopy CEO Bruce Linton.

"It was extremely emotional", he said. "We are working hard to get it up and running".

"Regardless of Canada's legalization of marijuana today, nothing will be changing on the US side or with CBP policies and procedures at the border", Malin said via email.

Shops in the province of Newfoundland, the most easterly time zone in Canada, opened as midnight struck for the first legal sales of cannabis in the country. "Young Canadians have the highest usage of marijuana anywhere in the world. criminal organizations and street gangs make over C$6 billion a year on the sale of marijuana across the country".

"I am living my dream".

Until retail locations are more widely available, some unlicensed cannabis retailers, which have flourished in the years since the law was first proposed, may stay open.

"U.S. laws will not change following Canada's legalization of marijuana", said a statement issued by U.S. Customs last month.

The products are displayed in plastic or cardboard packages behind counters. Washington, D.C. also reversed its recent ban that kept Canadians who work in the legal cannabis industry from entering the U.S. In Quebec, a newly-elected government has promised to hike it to 21.

Hours before they opened, though, a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.

Canada has invested C$274 million to enforce the new laws and some provinces have allocated their own funding, but Palmer said police will not crack down on illegal stores right away.

Legalisation began at midnight with shops in Canada's eastern-most provinces the first to sell the drug. A patchwork of regulations has spread in Canada as each province takes its own approach within the framework established by the federal government. Some are operating government-run stores, some are allowing private retailers, some both.

Earlier on Wednesday, cannabis enthusiasm was on full display in dispensary lineups and at celebratory gatherings across Canada, while investors soured on pot stocks.

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". And while it is a major development, it doesn't mean everything marijuana-related is now legal.

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

Becky Prete drove from Kelowna to be among the first customers at the BC Cannabis Store. "Their product is showcased in the store, they're here to support growth".

"We are just ecstatic", she said. "That's not even paying someone's salary".

Tracey Lindeman from Montreal. Rob Gillies reported from Toronto. Gene Johnson reported from Seattle.

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