Published: Sat, October 20, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Canada Legalizes Cannabis, Prepares to Collect Taxes

Canada Legalizes Cannabis, Prepares to Collect Taxes

In this September 25, 2018 photo, marijuana plants are shown growing in a massive tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia, that is operated by Pure Sunfarms, a joint venture between tomato grower Village Farms International, and a licensed medical marijuana producer, Emerald Health Therapeutics. Some media outlets, including Vice, called legalization day "Hash Wednesday".

Smoking or vaping cannabis is also prohibited and carrying cannabis across Canada's borders will remain a serious criminal offence, even for medical reasons.

American TV news trucks, such as NBC, were spotted at a pot shop where long lineups were forming in Montreal.

On Wednesday, Canada became the first G7 country - and second country in the world after Uruguay - to legalize marijuana for all adults.

The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.

In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the first to legally sell cannabis in Canada at midnight on October 17, licensed cannabis retailers are experiencing such dramatic demand for their product that many are running low or have sold out completely in just 24 hours.

"I came out tonight to be the first person in Canada to purchase the first legal gram of recreational cannabis, to help see the end of prohibition in Canada finally", Power said.

Across the border, 9 USA states and Washington DC have legalised recreational cannabis to those aged over 21.

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Cannabis will now be sold in stores and ordered online, with the drugs posted to customers' homes. In Quebec, the legal purchasing age will be 18, and while citizens will also be permitted to carry up to 30 grams of the drug in public, the legal limit for possession on private property will be 150 grams.

But it was business as usual at the Cannabis Buyers Club in Victoria, which is the oldest marijuana dispensary in Canada and possibly the world.

No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect pot shops to open until next spring.

As with most things, it's all about quality, however pricing weed has to be done in accordance with what you could buy illegally before.

"The response to cannabis legalization has resulted in a high volume of orders", the message reads.

"I can't believe we did it".

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 USA states where recreational marijuana is legal.

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