Canada Becomes 2nd Country to Legalize Recreational Marijuana

Cheryl Sanders
October 17, 2018

Recreational marijuana is now legal all over Canada.

If a buyer accepting a package containing cannabis appears to be younger than 25, the Canada Post delivery person may ask for identification to verify the age.

It was one of the biggest campaign promises for the party in 2015.

"We're not legalising cannabis because we think it's good for our health".

In other words, just because the Cannabis Act says you can do something with pot in Canada, doesn't mean you can do it everywhere.

Uruguay fully legalized the drug back in 2013 under then-President José Mujica.

The Canopy founder said he's looking forward to the next steps in cannabis research and the developing public conversations around the substance, noting that the first sales are the result of years of advocacy work.

The Ontario Cannabis Store has products from dozens of different suppliers, each labelled with the level of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) inside, as tested by Health Canada.

The Liberals have been working closely with provinces and territories to strike the right balance on regulations to undercut the illegal market, Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair said Tuesday.

It ended the nearly century-old prohibition on marijuana in this country but it hasn't come without opponents and challenges along the way.

Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it.

"It's even better to be able to do it at home and feel like I was an integral part of getting us to this place".

Consumers must be at least 18 years old, and the production, distribution or sale of cannabis products is an offense for minors.

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

As well as Mr Trudeau's attempt to cut out weed as a revenue stream for organised criminals, money from the drug will now end up more legal pockets.

Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001, and amid excitement over the arrival of legal recreational pot, many in the industry spent the last days of prohibition on tasks familiar to any retail business - completing displays, holding mock openings and training employees to use sales-tracking software.

Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use.

The site launched with a tag line that reads "Shop legal".

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