Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

First legal purchase of recreational pot made in Canada at Newfoundland store

First legal purchase of recreational pot made in Canada at Newfoundland store

"I'm going to have a lot more variety than the black market dealers, so you have a lot more choice at our store".

Scores of customers braved the cold for hours outside Tweed, a pot boutique in St John's, Newfoundland that opened briefly at midnight, to buy their first grams of legal cannabis.

There were early lineups outside stores in Nova Scotia, next in line as legalization worked its way across the country's time zones.

"Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his youngest son, and weed has taken no one from me ever", he said.

Its implementation will be scrutinized and dissected by Canadians ahead of the next election in 2019, as well as other nations that the prime minister has said may follow suit if the measure proves a success.

"I'm having a plaque made with the date and time and everything". 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.

"It feels great to have it happen in my home town", Power said.

In Ontario, residents will have to make purchases online until brick and mortar stores are permitted to begin selling the drug in the spring of next year.

Activist Dana Larsen of Sensible BC says he'll be handing out free joints and seeds at the legislature between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, while the group also protests what he called "the bad prohibition that is still in place".

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"Oct. 17 will. probably be the least elegant day", Canopy's CEO Linton said.

In Quebec, people will be able to possess up to 30 grams, as well, and buy it in licensed stores and online, but it's illegal to grow your own marijuana at home.

The patchwork of regulations governing marijuana varies between provinces and territories, and some municipalities also have the option of adding their own rules or opting out of retail sales altogether. Viviana Zanocco of the BC Liquor Distribution Branch, which is in charge of government-run pot stores in the province, said the design was meant to feel warm and inviting.

In a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ford says the federal government must give officers the tools they need to identify drug-impaired drivers.

The AP reported that more than 100 legal pot shops are expected to open on Wednesday.

Americans who buy legal weed and try to bring it back across the border risk arrest on possession or drug smuggling charges. "You're not allowed to see the product visible from the street", said Lawson.

By 12:50 a.m., however, there was no one left waiting in the queue, she said.

It's a good day for Aurora Cannabis Inc. "In the past they'd have my order prosessed and packaged within a day, now it's three to five days before they even see my order".

A number of analysts are predicting a shortage of recreational marijuana in the first year of legalisation as production and licensing continues to ramp up to meet demand.

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