As laws surrounding recreational marijuana slowly change state by state in the United States, Canada as a country has just legalized the substance. Power was first in line at a store in St. John's, Newfoundland. "I'm going to save it forever".
Under the new plan, people can apply immediately as long as they have completed their sentence, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale told a news conference in Ottawa. Canada grows a lot of marijuana already, legally for medical purposes and illegally for the black market.
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. "Up to four cannabis plants will be allowed per household", Toronto police tweeted.
The government announced late past year that medical marijuana would be allowed, and the country is due to hold a national referendum by 2020 on whether to legalize and regulate adult use of marijuana.
"I can't believe we did it".
"It was extremely emotional", he said.
But there is disagreement among forecasters on just how much of a boost the new industry could give Canada's economy.
Weed enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, kicked off the first permissible sales at midnight. He made the first sale to his dad. A crowd of 50 to 100 people waited outside and cheered him.
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As Canada's legal weed policies continue to roll out over the next months and years, people across the country will be paying close attention.
"I don't need to be a criminal anymore, and that's a great feeling", MacIsaac told The Canadian Press. "And my new dealer is the prime minister!"
Canada on Wednesday will become the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, five years after Uruguay. Private retailers will have to purchase their stock through the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis Commission, which has said that it will charge an average of $8.90 per gram, including federal excise duty, provincial duty and GST.
Taylor said that could take until the middle of next year, due in part to Ontario's slow roll-out of physical retail stores. The nation's most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores to operate until spring.
British Columbia will have both private and government stores, but has yet to issue any private licenses.
That's why he got in line at 3:45am to buy recreational cannabis - legally.
Leemon says it remains unclear how someone caught attempting to bring marijuana to a state that allows recreational use would be prosecuted. California, the largest legal market in the USA, earlier this month became the first state with a law mandating expungement of criminal convictions for marijuana-related offenses that no are longer illegal.
Canada's legalization has left proponents in the US calling for Congress to act. Sen.
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. "Their product is showcased in the store, they're here to support growth".
"The government really should have taken its responsibility seriously instead of being so obsessed with interfering in Toronto elections", he said.