Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Light ’em up! Canada legalizes marijuana

Light ’em up! Canada legalizes marijuana

"We're adjusting to the market, we don't want prices to be a barrier to entry, especially at first", Brunet said in an interview with Montreal's 98.5 FM radio station.

That's why he got in line at 3:45am to buy recreational cannabis - legally.

The first legal recreational marijuana dispensaries will be opening today (October 17) in Canada.

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

Financial markets and investors are looking to Canada as a bellwether to see how other countries will legalize the drug - and where lucrative opportunities may lie. Aurora Cannabis Inc. had slumped as much as 15 percent percent by 10:17 Toronto for the worst drop since February, before paring losses.

Clearly, any website that shows a person in connection with a cannabis product would be offside that provision in the Cannabis Act.

But there remain concerns, including about the readiness for police forces to tackle drug-impaired driving.

He said the mood was one of excitement, tinged with some apprehension.

"I'm extremely elated", said Stairs, who slept outside in the below-freezing temperatures with provisions including a tent, sleeping bag and marijuana.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made legalising the drug a 2015 election promise in a bid to take the market away from organised crime.

Most Canadians appear on board with legalisation, too.

Canadian provinces and municipalities have been preparing for months for the end of cannabis prohibition.

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Vaporizers, edibles, and marijuana-infused beverages are expected to be made legal sometime next year.

Shoppers will have the ability to choose from various strains and have their order filled out by a store clerk, being able to choose between dried buds, ground cannabis, pre-rolled joints, cannabis oil, pills, or oral spray. Quebec's newly elected, right-wing government also says it plans to raise the legal age to buy cannabis from 18 to 21.

In New Brunswick, on Canada's east coast, the government's licensed cannabis stores have even put together a step-by-step guide for how to roll a ideal joint.

In small towns like Smiths Falls, Ontario, home to Canopy Growth Corp., executives and employees were to celebrate together.

Among those waiting outside the store in Sydney River, N.S. was none other than Canadian fiddling legend Ashley MacIsaac. I think we'll see a lot of people playing in the grey and trying to find a safe way to play in the grey.

People have also raised concerns about whether buying cannabis legally in Canada could get them banned from entering the United States, where it remains illegal at the federal level.

While Canada's marijuana legalization is a massive opportunity for investors and cannabis companies, the true value, according to some, is in the pressure it puts on the USA to reform marijuana laws.

A campaign to push Ottawa to grant amnesty to people convicted of marijuana possession charges has also gained steam in the lead-up to legalisation.

And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.

A formal announcement was planned for later Wednesday.

"Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his youngest son, and weed has taken no one from me ever", he said.

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