Canadians finally know what they will have to pay for legal recreational cannabis, as provincially controlled online stores opened for business Wednesday, charging between $5.87 and $17.50 per gram for the newly legalized drug. He lined up at midnight in St. John's during the opening of the Tweed retail location. "I'm just so impressed with our project team". I'm not even going to smoke it.
Mr Clarke had been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for three decades.
-Canadian authorities will soon be announcing plans to pardon anyone convicted of carrying 30 grams or less of marijuana in the past.
The government announced late a year ago that medical marijuana would be allowed, and the country is due to hold a national referendum by 2020 on whether to legalize and regulate adult use of marijuana. Well before the hour struck, lineups were queueing up outside pot stores in the country's biggest cities. A festive atmosphere broke out, with some customers lighting up on the sidewalk and motorists honking their horns in support as they drove by the crowd. "So it's about an education project on the Canadian side to make sure that we weed out - no pun intended - all those accidental problems", Masse said. "We believe this is the first step toward the establishment of cannabis as a key functional ingredient touching multiple consumer categories".
"It was extremely emotional", he said. "It's going to take a few years before we have a fully functioning, mature system that's working the way it's supposed to ... but over time you are going to see the black market decline". The regulations governing when, where, and how one can buy and ingest marijuana in Canada also vary by province. Canada's move has spurred the growth of a global industry focused on medical and recreational use that could be worth as much as $150 billion, according to estimates from Roth Capital Partners. "I am so happy to be living in Canada right now instead of south of the border".
The federal government and many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edibles for a year, and tight control over supply.
Corey Stone and a friend got to one of the 12 stores that opened in Quebec at 3.45am to be among the first to buy pot.
US Customs and Border Protection have reiterated that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and those caught at the border with pot would be subject to arrest and prosecution.
The Montreal store has a long counter with products behind it.
Among those waiting outside a Nova Scotia government cannabis shop in Sydney River, Nova Scotia, was Canadian fiddler and singer Ashley MacIsaac.
Canada just became the second country - after Uruguay - to legalize recreational marijuana.
Each item comes with a government seal - the word cannabis above a red Maple leaf - and people can also make their purchases online, or at more than 100 stories the Associated Press reported would be open across the country. The statement warns that while cannabis may be legal in Canada and some states, pot remains illegal under US federal law.
In Ontario, products disappeared from the province's online store as they quickly sold out, with 38,000 orders processed by mid-morning. Some are operating government-run stores, other allowing private retailers, some both.
As of this moment, citizens are allowed to purchase and legally possess cannabis.
But "if they're coming to the United States. with the express interest to facilitate or develop the marijuana industry, they would generally be deemed inadmissible". "Marijuana remains a controlled substance under US federal law and it remains illegal".
Canada's legalization has left proponents in the USA calling for Congress to act. Sen.
The country's incoming interior minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, participated in some of those rulings as a Supreme Court justice and has said she will push for broad marijuana legalization.