Sober start as recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

Stateside's conversations with Windsor Star reporter Doug Schmidt, and Brian Masse MP, a member of the Canadian House of Commons.

And there was more good news for pot aficionados: Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the newly legal threshold. The shops remain a popular attraction, especially in Amsterdam, but the drug remains illegal elsewhere in the country and purveyors have long complained about having to resort to the black market to obtain it since cultivation is outlawed.

You must be at least 18 years old in Alberta and Quebec or 19 in the eight other provinces to carry and share up to 30 grams in public.

"The oils and extracts we have in stock are 750 per cent stronger than what the government stores have available - and we're here to stand with our patients, to ensure they can get the medicine they require at the lowest possible price", said Enns.

No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto.

But there are also concerns about the unintended legal consequences of Canada's cannabis legalization when it comes to the tens of millions of Canadians and Americans who cross their mutual border annually.

Doug Schmidt is a reporter with the Windsor Star. In August, Canada approved a device to detect levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive element in cannabis, in a driver's saliva.

Countries around the world, many of which are just approving medical marijuana, are watching Canada's recreational legalization, which combines federal rules with varying provincial regulations. Getting pulled over while high as a kite is still going to land you in some trouble, as it obviously should.

Kennedy said it simply shows the demand for a cannabis stock that's regulated by the Securities and Exchange Commission and reports its financials using US generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. The US Customs and Border Protection held a briefing with journalists on Tuesday, noting that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and those caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution.

"There was no debate over it in the House of Commons".

While still others are just really kind and generous people. I think we expected that, some of the LPs couldn't get enough to us online. Other products that are popular in some USA states - edibles, for instance - are not available for legal purchase yet across the border, though you can cook and consume them in someone's home, according to Canada's Global News. Masse hopes that the agency's remarks will offer more clarity.

Brandon Lee, consul general of Canada in Seattle, told the Seattle Times that people should be especially cautious when traveling by ferry or by road because they may forget they're carrying cannabis. "If you do, these are the consequences'".

Here in the United States, nine states have legalized marijuana.

"Because it was under discussion at these worldwide meetings and Canada was at the point of revising its drug legislation anyway, they decided 'well, this is going to become an issue, '" she said.

"Basically, it nearly doesn't matter whose fault it really is".

"We want to make sure that people use responsibility, that they know the potential harms, but also that they know what kind of experience they're looking for and what strains might help them meet that experience", Zanocco said.

This post was written by Stateside production assistant Isabella Isaacs.

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