Canada legalises cannabis for recreational use

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On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to parliament, reiterating why he had been campaigning for this legislation over the last few years. The pledge was aimed at taking profits away from organized crime and regulating the production, distribution and consumption of a product that millions of Canadians consume illegally.

Not all of the details surrounding marijuana legalization in Canada have been sorted out yet, particularly when it comes to the country's relationship with the United States, where marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, putting it in the same category as cocaine and heroin.

Lucky for cultivators, not many brick-and-mortar stores were opened to kick off the new system, which could have strained their supply chains even more.

A driver honked jubilantly at people lined up outside of downtown Montreal's new government-run cannabis store.

To him, that is more important than access to legal product, he said.

Ian Power was first in line at a store in St John's, in the province of Newfoundland, but didn't plan to smoke the one gram he bought after midnight. Some are operating government-run stores, some are allowing private retailers, some both.

Tokyo Smoke - a reinvention of the classic coffee shop - promotes cannabis lifestyle, selling pipes, infusers and other pot paraphernalia along with shots of espresso (but not cannabis itself).

Canadian Safe Cannabis Services held a legalization celebration on Wednesday with a barbecue and music.

Many customers celebrating Wednesday certainly thought so.

Canadians who want to share some of their cannabis by mailing it to a friend may want to reconsider. Canopy and Aurora Cannabis, the world's two biggest cannabis producers, closed down 4.3 percent and 2.9 percent, respectively, after touching all-time highs on Tuesday.

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Even in provinces with more shops, shelves are empty likely because of a shortage of product.

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Canada on Wednesday will become only the second country in the world to legalize marijuana nationally.

Cannabis was added to global drug legislation in 1925, but Canada acted two years earlier, making it one of the first countries to make cannabis illegal.

Driving under the influence of drugs is still 100 per cent illegal.

Canadians can travel with up to 30 grams of cannabis on domestic flights within Canada, but they cannot bring any of it with them when crossing worldwide borders.

But many large police departments will forego the C$5,000 device, Adam Palmer, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, told reporters on Monday.

Shipping through Canada Xpresspost is $9 an order or free on orders over $99. It expects demand for between 300 and 500 units through March, Managing Director Rob Clark said.

Linton said he was excited to tender the first sale at the Tweed store across from a provincial courthouse, where countless cases over the years have dealt with cannabis-related charges. "I mean, now we've heard of Canadians who, when they're crossing the border, if they get pulled aside for secondary inspection, they get follow-up questions and one of the questions can be 'Have you ever consumed pot?' And if you reply in the affirmative, even though it was maybe your college days decades ago, that could be grounds for you being prevented from crossing the border", Schmidt said. "Police aren't. champing at the bit to go out and start raiding stores".

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