Canada legalized recreational marijuana today, which is a cause for cannabis lovers everywhere to celebrate. Individuals can cultivate up to four cannabis plants in their homes if they choose, and use that marijuana for themselves to avoid paying retail prices.
If they don't shut down, they may forfeit their chance at a licence to sell pot legally once licensed retail operations do finally start in the province on (when else?) April 1st of next year - 166 days after legalization.
Noooope. It remains illegal to transport marijuana and you will likely face criminal charges when trying to cross the border into the United States, even if you're going to one of the nine U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal.
The big difference between cannabis legalization in the USA and Canada, Hawkins added, has been "the blessing provincial governments (in Canada) have received from their federal government".
While recreational weed is legal in eight states, including Washington and ME, which border Canada, people can not travel to and from such states with marijuana because customs and immigration are under federal jurisdiction. "We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on the eve of the reform.
Fedeli said he was happy with initial reports on the store's sales and defended some of the more unusual products available on the site, including an "intimate" spray with cannabis ingredients designed for amorous couples. The change will bring "order to every aspect of the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis", he added.
And business was booming throughout the day as sales kicked off across the country. Some provinces have government-run stores, others allow private retailers, and some have both. To the surprise of many familiar with Amsterdam's marijuana cafes, Holland has only very limited legalization.
"Two hundred dollars for a half ounce, why would you buy that here when you can go to your dealer down the street and pay $150?" said Krystal Bunce outside the Cannabis NB location in Saint John's north end.
Even in provinces with more shops, many shelves are expected to soon be empty because of a shortage of product.
Ian Power had the dubious distinction of buying the first legal gram of weed.
"We will be introducing legislation to introduce an expedited pardon process, with no fee, for those with previous convictions for simple possession of cannabis", Scott Bardsley, a spokesperson for Canada's Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, told ABC News on Wednesday.
Canada has invested C$274 million to enforce the new laws and some provinces have allocated their own funding, but Palmer said police will not crack down on illegal stores right away.
Driving high is illegal across the United States and Canada. In August, Canada approved a device to detect levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabis's psychoactive element, in drivers' oral fluids.
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.
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"And if they find it, then they might refer it to law enforcement".
"They can't come in the store, but they can see the line, see this important moment in Canadian history", Fencott said.