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Canada becomes second country to legalize marijuana nationwide

Melinda Barton | 18 October, 2018, 15:31

"We have talked to stores in our county...and anecdotally people have said about 20 to 30 percent of store purchases in Whatcom County are done by Canadians coming from outside".

As well as Mr Trudeau's attempt to cut out weed as a revenue stream for organised criminals, money from the drug will now end up more legal pockets.

The federal government announced Wednesday that legislation will be introduced to waive the waiting period and fee for those seeking a pardon for minor pot possession offences.

At the stroke of midnight on October 17, Canada became only the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana.

"The event happens, and then people say, 'Ah, that wasn't really that big a deal.' Then there is profit taking", he told Yahoo Canada Finance on Wednesday.

But it also warned that "if a traveler is found to be coming to the US for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible".

The organization also maintains that by moving forward with the legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes in disregard of its legal obligations and diplomatic commitments, the government of Canada has contributed to weakening the worldwide legal drug control framework and undermining the rules-based global order. "It's going to be a volatile sector until we get some real data, and we can actually analyze these companies".

Cannabis will now be sold in stores and ordered online, with the drugs posted to customers' homes.

Along with the legalization, Canada plans to revisit a long list of past marijuana possession convictions.

Here's a look at some of the first Canadians to get their hands on legal pot. She never received any of the one-gram packages of flower product she ordered.

Taylor said that could take until the middle of next year, due in part to Ontario's slow roll-out of physical retail stores.

Members of the media attend a preview for one of Quebec's new cannabis stores in Montreal, Tuesday, Oct.1 6, 2018.

However, many provincial governments' approval of only a small number of shops so far, and a shortage of weed supplied to these stores, means most Canadians' first toke on Wednesday will likely be of black-market pot. But take note: people returning to the U.S. from Canada are barred from bringing any marijuana products with them because it is illegal at the federal level, said Stephanie Malin, a spokesperson for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores until next spring.

"The hype around the stocks is moving from the Canadian LPs (licensed producers) to more the US -type companies", he said.

A man rolls a marijuana cigarette during a legalization party at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto. Some provinces have government-run stores, others allow private retailers, and some have both. And relations with its southern neighbor will also put a damper on the party: US border officials can bar from entry Canadians who admit to having used marijuana or whom might be traveling on marijuana-related business.

Shortly after 9 a.m. local time, 48 of 97 available flower products were sold out on the B.C. cannabis online store.

"Even if you ordered it online today it wouldn't come for a few days", said Larsen.