Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Canada becomes second country in the world to legalise cannabis

Canada becomes second country in the world to legalise cannabis

Cannabis possession became a crime in 1923, but Trudeau argued that the nearly century-old law was ineffectual, given that the country remains one of the world's heaviest recreational users of the drug.

A senior government official said those with a record will be allowed to apply for a pardon.

"This is a marked day, but this has been a six- or seven-year build and a whole bunch of people who shouldn't be forgotten", Linton said.

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

Mr. Power had waited not just hours - but years - for the chance, after more than three decades of black-market marijuana purchases.

"My father is going to be my first customer, and my second customer is going to be a lady who has [multiple sclerosis],' Thomas Clarke, who owns Thomas H. Clarke's Distribution cannabis retail store in Portugal Cove-St".

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A patchwork of private and public cannabis retail stores and online sales have been set up across the 13 provinces and territories, ramping up to 300 storefronts by year's end, the government predicts.

And relations with its southern neighbor will also put a damper on the party: US border officials can bar from entry Canadians who admit to having used marijuana or whom might be traveling on marijuana-related business.

Ian Power made sure he was first in line on a chilly October night to make a midnight purchase that will likely cement his place in Canadian history.

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

There is expected to be a massive market for legal sales in Canada - as much as $4 billion in the first year, according to a report from consultancy Deloitte. US immigration agents may even choose to ban Canadians from entering the country if they admit to smoking pot, even if they are entering states where it is legal, such as Washington.

Canada needs to "take a deep breath" as US states such as Colorado and California did not have a seamless system at the outset either, said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer for licensed producer Aurora Cannabis.

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

Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.

"When the law changes on the 17th, we're not going to see a big change overnight", Palmer said. Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they will be cutting a ribbon and cake.

Accessories like rolling papers, pipes and bongs may also be sold there.

"There's no money in the product itself", she said. "That's not even paying someone's salary".

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