Canada legalises cannabis for recreational use

Workers put the finishing touches on the sign at the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops B.C. Oct. 16 2018

Workers put the finishing touches on the sign at the BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops B.C. Oct. 16 2018

Canada legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting last night.

The South American nation of Uruguay was first to legalize marijuana in 2013. In tune, Canada has been preparing for the move and sending out millions of flyers to residents speaking of the new marijuana laws and raising awareness on its use.

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 USA generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP.

For decades the US required other nations to cooperate in the drug war or risk losing foreign aid, even as some Latin American countries wracked by violence criticized America for failing to curb its appetite for cocaine, marijuana and other drugs.

"Now that the laws on cannabis have changed, individuals who previously acquired criminal records for simple possession of cannabis should be allowed to shed the stigma and the burden of that record".

"We don't know for sure how long the closure is going to be", said store manager Vanessa Dandurand.

While travellers won't face any extra questions at the port of entry, if a K-9 finds marijuana residue, officials say they should expect to get searched. But, he says, it's time for both countries to have an "adult conversation" about how they are going to handle the issue.

Here's a look at some of the first Canadians to get their hands on legal pot.

"It's been my dream to be the first person to buy the first legal gram of cannabis in Canada, and here I finally am", Power told the broadcaster CBC, saying he wanted the stigma against marijuana to end.

"There's no money in the product itself", she said. Trautman works in Whatcom County in Washington, which is adjacent to British Columbia.

In the Saskatoon area, customers will be able purchase product from Jimmy's Cannabis in Martensville. Traded on the Nasdaq, it's the only cannabis company without a Canadian listing and also has a very small public float, two factors that have been blamed for recent volatility in the stock.

Amid growing acceptance across the country of the drug, on January 4 Sessions rescinded standing federal government policies to tolerate the stance of state and local governments, declaring "a return to the rule of law".

US cannabis legalization proponents, as well as some congressional lawmakers, see Canada as a lesson in how to successfully legalize pot on a federal scale.

Around two dozen customers came and went from the London Relief Centre - a Richmond Street dispensary that sells cannabis to anyone over 19 years of age - in a five-minute period, showing demand for black market weed is still strong.

It said Ottawa should amend its weed legislation should cannabis consumption increase as a result of legalisation. "We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children", Mr Trudeau said. "If it's illegal, the cops would come shut us down". "For the federal government to continue to deny this is foolish".

Each Canadian province has taken its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government.

"We hope that the most immediate impact of Canadian legalization is that it galvanizes supporters of ending prohibition in the USA and convinces members of the industry here to increase their efforts in support of reform", Morgan Fox, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association, told 420 Intel in an email.

Newfoundland and Labrador's unique position, with a time zone 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Atlantic Canada, made Tuesday night extra special for buyers like Power.

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