Medical marijuana is legal in some form in 30 states, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
And in Montreal, Graeme Campbell welcomed the day he could easily buy all the pot he wanted.
According to the federal government, there could be as many as 300 storefronts across Canada selling cannabis by year's end. "I'm loyal to him because of the fact that he was willing to sacrifice going to jail, perhaps, for providing medical marijuana to a lot of people who consider it their medicine", he said.
People in Canada are cheering, enduring long lines and honking their vehicle horns in support as the country's first marijuana dispensaries open their doors Wednesday.
And while many Canadians may be celebrating their ability to freely use the drug, the coming legalization had been a boon for producers operating in the country as their market values exploded amid increasing interest from investors.
In the city of St. John's, hundreds of customers were lined up around the block at a store on the main commercial drag in the provincial capital by the time the clock struck midnight.
A spokesperson for the Ontario Cannabis Store told CP24 Thursday that they are happy with how the site is performing and called the delay an "unfortunately side effect" of the high number of orders they have been processing. Small nuggets of bud are displayed in clear "smell jars", but otherwise no products, logos or branding are visible, in line with Health Canada regulations.
"They learn irrigation, how to use irrigation, insect control, trapping - " said Alan Unwin from Niagara College, "Students, when they graduate from this program, will have a credential in commercial cannabis production".
A spokesman for the store said the site was busy but had experienced no technical issues so far.
In Canada's most populated province, Ontario, some 38,000 orders for marijuana - worth about US$574,800 - were registered in the first few hours Wednesday.
In the most populous provinces, a gram of pot was priced around the $7 to $13 range.
Each Canadian province has taken its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government. Gene Johnson reported from Seattle.
The news may tempt numerous millions who travel from the U.S.to Canada each year, but U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are reminding vacationers that marijuana is still illegal under federal law. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth said there are 173 retail applications being considered and he advised illegal stores to shut down until they are licensed. For now, the marijuana plant (fresh or dried), cannabis oil and pre-rolled joints are all legal.
Marijuana went on sale Wednesday morning in Canada.
Where can I buy weed?And with Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowing to crack down on marijuana, that looks unlikely to change anytime soon.
"When the law changes on the 17th, we're not going to see a big change overnight", Palmer said.
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