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

NEW First Legal Recreational Cannabis in Canada Sold in NL

NEW First Legal Recreational Cannabis in Canada Sold in NL

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People in Canada are cheering, enduring long lines and honking their auto horns in support as the country's first marijuana dispensaries open their doors Wednesday.

Beginning Wednesday, Canadians who are 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory, will be able to buy and use cannabis legally. In December 2013, Uruguay was the first country to legalize the production, sale and consumption of marijuana.

Public health officials contend that smoking cannabis is as harmful as tobacco, but welcome what they call the opportunity that legalization affords for open dialogue.

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Canada's move has spurred the growth of a global industry focused on medical and recreational use that could be worth as much as $150 billion, according to estimates from Roth Capital Partners.

Senators voted 52-29 on a federal government bill back in June to pave the way for the legalization of recreational cannabis. "I am so happy to be living in Canada right now instead of south of the border".

The B.C. Liquor Distribution Branch, the official government distributor of non-medical cannabis in B.C., has entered a contract with Canada Post to deliver online cannabis orders to customers.

The Canadian Press has learned the announcement on setting aside minor marijuana convictions of the past will come the same day the government ushers in a historic new era of legalized cannabis.

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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. A household can also grow only four plants and anything over the limit could attract hefty penalty.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of OR said it's time for the U.S. government to follow Canada's lead.

Ford said by rushing legal cannabis out of the door before ensuring police have the tools they need, he said the Trudeau Liberals are putting people at risk.

Meanwhile, industry players and watchers have said to expect product shortages at the outset.

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