Marijuana Is Now Legal in Canada. Here's How It's Going So Far

Cannabis on display at a Tweed retail store after legal recreational marijuana went on sale in St John's Newfoundland and Labrador Canada

Cannabis on display at a Tweed retail store after legal recreational marijuana went on sale in St John's Newfoundland and Labrador Canada

Canadians will be allowed to buy dried cannabis, oils and seeds. Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana.

Large yellow signs have already been installed on Hill Island where travellers from Canada pass through to the United States warning that cannabis, legal in Canada as of this week, remains off limits in the US.

Canada's federal approval has given its industry a huge advantage over its American counterpart, including unfettered access to banking and billions of dollars in investment.

If agreements are not reached with the Urban Post Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers bargaining units then about 50,000 Canada Post employees could walk off the job as early as Monday.

Fedeli said he was happy with initial reports on the store's sales and defended some of the more unusual products available on the site, including an "intimate" spray with cannabis ingredients designed for amorous couples. His government introduced new initiatives such as the Canada-U.S.

"Instead, we have a government scrambling to pass laws for a substance that is already legal", she said, adding that the government had made a decision to focus on other issues over the past months, such as Ford's move to slash the size of Toronto's city council. The Associated Press takes stock of how some countries have relaxed their laws on marijuana and identifies several nations such as New Zealand, Mexico and Italy that are on the path toward legalization.

"This is the genie out of the bottle", Walsh said.

As marijuana enthusiasts continue celebrating this historic day for Canada, here's a quick primer to get you up to speed.

Battley said he expects the global recreational market to develop much as the medical market has done.

Farnworth said new supplies will arrive as other strains of pot sell out. "That opens up the space for countries to move forward with consumer legalization as well".

Can I travel outside of Canada with weed? Festivities erupted throughout the nation of 37 million.

It's a different story in other provinces, where brick-and-mortar stores across the country welcomed the first buyers at the crack of midnight. "I'm loyal to him because of the fact that he was willing to sacrifice going to jail, perhaps, for providing medical marijuana to a lot of people who consider it their medicine", he said.

The stores have a sterile look, like a modern clinic, with a security desk to check identification.

"People are prepared to pay a premium for knowing that they have a product that they can trust", he said. A small team of employees answers questions but don't make recommendations.

A spokesman for the store said the site was busy but had experienced no technical issues so far.

Customers line up at a government cannabis store Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 in Montreal on the second day of legal cannabis sales in Canada.

Fire and Flower Chief Executive Trevor Fencott brought his wife and three children for the opening.

The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation said it conducted 12,810 transactions totalling more than $660,000 in sales, of which nearly $47,000 were online, a spokeswoman said.

"I think we can be a shining example to our neighbors to the south, there is a very dynamic legalization community down there", Marc-Boris St. Maurice said.

The Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported on the lineup in Newfoundland, and noted that Canada's goal was "to better reflect society's changing opinion about marijuana and bring black-market operators into a regulated system".

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