Canada legalises recreational use of cannabis

NEW First Legal Recreational Cannabis in Canada Sold in NL

"The prohibition on marijuana has not worked in this country", Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa.

Inside, people can use touch screens to browse different strains of cannabis that are for sale, get information from government-trained clerks, and then place their order with a cashier, who then goes to fetch the products, local media reported earlier this week. "And my new dealer is the prime minister!"

His Progressive Conservative government is expected to pass its cannabis law, Bill 36, on Wednesday afternoon.

Uruguay was the first country to legalise recreational marijuana, although Portugal and the Netherlands have decriminalised the drug. And relations with its southern neighbor will also put a damper on the party: USA border officials can bar from entry Canadians who admit to having used marijuana or whom might be traveling on marijuana-related business.

What does Canada have to say of the law? The first is you can't promote a cannabis product in a way that is appealing to youth.

Still, global businesses and investment funds have been hovering around the market for years, waiting for the time when they could legally invest in large-scale industrializing marijuana cultivation and distribution. "The prices are very comparable", Thomas Clarke, owner of THC Distribution store, said.

That's due to "the fact that a good number of people have tried the product and/or know people who use cannabis, that using cannabis is no worse than using alcohol, and that the regulatory approach taken to date seems to be judged positively", the agency said. "I passed you a joint right in front of them and they didn't even bat an eye", Lacrosse told his friend.

Another Water Street store, The Natural Vibe, opened to slightly less fanfare than Tweed, but a line of customers still stretched down the street, with some saying waiting in line was "akin to Disney World".

At least 111 legal cannabis stores are expect to open across the country, according to CNBC.

Legal users will be able to purchase seeds, plants, cannabis oil and dried cannabis from licensed sellers. However, they will have to wait a while to buy products infused with marijuana.

South Africa's Supreme Court ruled last month that adults can use marijuana and grow it for personal consumption - in private. Those caught selling the drug to a minor could be jailed for up to 14 years. "The damage that is going to ensue from this policy change will be horrendous in terms of drugged driving, cognitive damage to children, more addiction, more costs".

"A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the USA for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the US", according the CBP statement.

The nationwide market for cannabis opened on Wednesday at midnight amid lingering questions about the impact on health, the law and public safety. But legalisation is creating an opportunity to have discussions about cannabis use, for example, parents starting a conversation with their kids about it.

Ian Power said prior to its grand opening, he was happy to "make history" by being the first to legally buy pot in Canada.

Meanwhile, Trudeau believes that this will also help protect children as they will be more aware.

"For day one, I think we're going to be okay", said Marcie Kiziak, Alcanna's cannabis division managing director at the Nova Cannabis store in Edmonton, Alberta. "We know we need to do a better job to protect our children and to eliminate or massively reduce the profits that go to organised crime", the PM said on the eve of the legalisation.

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