Nunavut's legislation allows for private retailers to sell marijuana in Nunavut communities, but the commission has said it won't consider that option until 2019, and even then, there will be a process to allow communities to decide if residents welcome that option or not. Some provinces, like Ontario - Canada's most populous province and financial center - won't have open storefronts on Wednesday.
But not every province and territory has brick-and-mortar locations available.
Newfoundland and Labrador's unique position, with a time zone 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Atlantic Canada, made Tuesday night extra special for buyers like Power.
A Canadian flag with a marijuana leaf is flown during a 4/20 rally to demand the legalization of marijuana on Parliament Hill in Ottawa April 20, 2012.
Reform advocates have been promoting marijuana legalization in Italy for years, without success. You can't travel from Canada with marijuana on your person or in your luggage. "By taking this bold and principled step, Canada will likely become an inspiration for many other countries".
Canadians finally know what they will have to pay for legal recreational cannabis, as provincially controlled online stores opened for business Wednesday, charging between $5.87 and $17.50 per gram for the newly legalized drug.
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Ian Power was among those in St John's, Newfoundland, to queue up before the ban on cannabis use was lifted.
Researchers in the United States also aren't easily able to study cannabis for medical purposes because the plant is federally illegal.
Employees sort through harvested cannabis plants at Hexo Corp's facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, September 26, 2018.
But also on offer is a cannabis-infused "intimate" spray, marketed under the enticingly named Fleur de Lune, which contains eight milligrams of the psychoactive ingredient THC, as well as the cannabinoid CBD.
But spray carefully - while the oil will get you high, it's not compatible with latex condoms, according to the manufacturer's website.
"The reality is that we're going to have people inadvertently get caught up into this, and that can have very big, significant consequences on our economy, on [American] tourism, on a number of different things".
Asked Wednesday by reporters at the Ontario Legislature about the appropriateness of the spray, Finance Minister Vic Fedeli would only say: "We'll leave it to the Ontario Cannabis Store to continue to put products out there that the people of Ontario are looking forward to purchasing". But because the country uses USA dollars, its legal marijuana sellers can not tap into US -regulated financial systems such as US banks or the major credit card networks, which are forbidden from handling drug money.
"Now that our neighbour to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for OR and other states across the country", he said in a written statement.