Canada legalizes marijuana for recreational use

A worker examines cannabis products at the Ontario Cannabis Store distribution centre in an undated handout

This is never actually going to be smoked.

Canada legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting last night.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001.

US Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference call on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and that those who are caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution.

As of 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, adults will be allowed to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public, according to a bill that passed the Senate in June.

The provinces also have been able to decide for themselves how much to mark up the marijuana beyond the 10 percent or $1 per gram imposed by the federal government, and whether to allow residents to grow up to four plants at home.

Where can I buy it?

The federal government and many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edibles for a year, and tight control over supply.




Officials in Nova Scotia and Manitoba said they won't have a large selection, at least not on the first day, CNN affiliate CBC News reported.

US companies either exploring or barreling into the cannabis trade include Coca-Cola and Constellation Brands, the maker of Corona beer. "It's tough to get everything through the bottleneck on a timely basis", University of Waterloo economist Anindya Sen told the San Jose Mercury News. Like marijuana businesses in Colorado, California, and Washington state, the Uruguayan sellers have had to resort to cash, with all its attendant risks.

Can I travel in and out of Canada with weed?

The day was historic for the country as adult Canadians will be able to legally smoke recreational marijuana after almost a century-long ban.

It will still be against the law to pack bags with pot when travelling internationally even into areas or USA states where marijuana is already legal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Trudeau has faced pressure to address the pot pardon issue, including within his own caucus, due to the effect of possession charges on marginalized Canadians. The store's landing page asks customers to enter their birth date to verify that they're 19 or over, the legal age for buying cannabis.

Why did they legalize it? Stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of marijuana. "All the years of activism paid off. Cannabis is legal in Canada and everyone should come to Canada and enjoy our cannabis".

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