Recreational Marijuana Is Legal In Canada Today: Here Are The Rules

Canada on Wednesday will become the second country in the world to legalize recreational cannabis, five years after Uruguay.

Some hardy Newfoundlanders stayed up late Tuesday to witness a moment in national history. "For decades, we've said: 'Just don't use, ' but that hasn't worked", Connelly explained.

"This is never actually going to be smoked". I'm not even going to smoke it.

Kennedy added that he expects several more countries to legalize medical marijuana as well. "I think no one really knows what happens today", he said.

Mr Trudeau's office have said the prime minister "does not plan on purchasing or consuming cannabis once it is legalised".

Newfoundland and Labrador were the first to sell cannabis.

Canopy Chief Executive Officer Bruce Linton rang in the first sales to residents Ian Power and Nikki Rose.

Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years.

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. Canada's 13 provinces and territories are setting their own rules for cannabis use, leading to some confusion.

Consultants in pressed black aprons served a mostly older clientele browsing varieties of dried cannabis and bottles of tinctures. While Quebec and Alberta set the buying age for marijuana at 18, the legal age across the rest of the country is 19.

Cannabis legalization has implications for many other facets of Canadian society, ranging from law enforcement and testing for cannabis-impaired drivers to corporate policies governing consumption restrictions for certain industries such as air travel. A series of Mexico Supreme Court rulings beginning in 2015 began laying the groundwork for marijuana legalization by holding that people should have the right to grow and distribute marijuana for personal use.

As some Londoners celebrated the first day of legal marijuana by smoking joints on streets and in parks, the city's illegal pot shops flouted the law Wednesday by serving a steady stream of customers, a move that excludes the businesses from ever becoming legitimate retailers.

The AP reported that more than 100 legal pot shops are expected to open on Wednesday.

The federal government and many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edible pot for a year, and tight control over supply. But there's also a sense of frustration that America's legal cannabis companies might be seeing a major business opportunity slip away.

The products are displayed in plastic or cardboard packages behind counters.

"This generation of kids can't be the guinea pigs for vaping products", said Dr. Robert Schwartz, director of the Ontario tobacco research unit at the University of Toronto, noting that flavours of vape juice like "Frosty Sprinkles" and "S'mores" are clearly aimed at kids. Some analysts, however, warn of possible shortage of recreational marijuana in the first year of legalization. No private store licenses have been issued so far and many municipalities are waiting until after local elections on October 20 to give their approvals for stores, province Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said.

"We need to remember that this is the start of something, not the end of something".

  • Leroy Wright