Published: Wed, October 17, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Canada just legalized recreational pot

Canada just legalized recreational pot

You must be at least 19 years old to purchase cannabis in B.C. Power was first in line at a store in St. John's, Newfoundland.

The wind and cold didn't deter a few hundred people from lining up around the block at the private store on Water Street, the main commercial drag in the Newfoundland and Labrador capital.

While AGT is a global company, the legal cannabis market is still limited to Canada's population of about 35 million, he said. 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. US immigration agents may even choose to ban Canadians from entering the country if they admit to smoking pot, even if they are entering states where it is legal, such as Washington. The Liquor Distribution Branch has entered into a contract with Canada Post for delivery of online cannabis orders.

Additional licensed cannabis retail stores are set to be open in the coming months.

With 95 years of prohibition being lifted in Canada, provinces will be setting their own laws on marijuana sales.

Mr. Power had waited not just hours - but years - for the chance, after more than three decades of black-market marijuana purchases.

Although Uruguay started selling cannabis products previous year under a 2013 law, Canada's foray is considered more significant because of its economic status and much larger population.

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

They will also be allowed to cultivate up to four plants in their households and make products such as edibles for personal use.

Some health care professionals in Canada have said they are afraid of the consequences of legalizing marijuana. California, the largest legal market in the USA, earlier this month became the first state with a law mandating expungement of criminal convictions for marijuana-related offenses that no are longer illegal. "We believe this is the first step toward the establishment of cannabis as a key functional ingredient touching multiple consumer categories".

Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based lobbying organization that has been pressing for legalization since 1995, said it is time for the follow Canada's lead.

Meanwhile, industry players and watchers have said to expect product shortages at the outset.

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