Special Briefing: Canada Legalizes Recreational Marijuana | Need to Know

Cheryl Sanders
October 20, 2018

Canada is now the world's largest legal weed marketplace, but this is not a pot free-for-all.

While #legalizationday, #canadacannabis, #legalizationincanada and #weedwednesday were trending on Twitter early Wednesday, many news outlets around the globe such as CNN, BBC, The Guardian, and more, carried headlines with the historic news.

American TV news trucks, such as NBC, were spotted at a pot shop where long lineups were forming in Montreal.

Last month, MI has voted to ban all cannabis-infused drinks in a pre-emptive move should the state legalise marijuana for recreational use this month.

Canada, on the other hand, has put industrial hemp, medical marijuana and adult retail cannabis all within the purview of Health Canada, the agency that has handled cannabis since industrial hemp was first allowed to be grown in that nation in 1994. The goal is to admit society's changing opinion about the drug and to create a government supervised market. "Prohibition has ended right now, we made history", Power said. That means it is still illegal to bring marijuana purchased in Canada across the border into the United States.

Online sales on the new B.C. government website also lit up - with close to 5,300 orders by 1 p.m. Over 100 people braved the cold and wind in the province's capital St. John's, lining up outside a Tweed-branded store owned by Canopy Growth Corp., the world's most recognised cannabis producer.

Canada has posted signage at airports and boarder crossings to keep recreational cannabis users aware - crossing worldwide boarders with the drug is still very much illegal. Some provinces have government-run stores, others allow private retailers, and some have both.

Steven Hoffman, the chairman of the state's Cannabis Control Commission said yesterday that he was aware of the deals but he noted, "If somebody has a change of ownership, they have to notify us and we have to approve that change or they can lose their license".

In the meantime, Toronto Police still intend to crack down on illegal dispensaries, with the Ontario government deeming physical stores selling weed to be afoul of the law until April.

Canadian politicians who pushed for legalization said the move will stop underage users, and reduce drug-related crime.

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.

The Ontario government says it has a backup plan in place to ensure the delivery of recreational cannabis in case of a Canada Post strike next week, but it isn't saying what that arrangement is.

Marijuana went on sale Wednesday morning in Canada.

"I can't believe we did it".

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