Corey Stone and a friend got to one of the 12 stores that opened in Quebec at 3:45 a.m.to be among the first to buy pot. Our website is experiencing some heavy traffic. "We know we need to do a better job to protect our children and to eliminate or massively reduce the profits that go to organised crime", the PM said on the eve of the legalisation.
Then there's the patchwork of regulations imposed by provinces and municipalities, with varying rules governing such things as how old a person must be to legally purchase and consume cannabis, how much can be grown at home, if any, and whether it can be consumed in public places.
The sale of legal recreational marijuana has begun in Canada, making it the second country with a nationwide legal pot market.
"This is never actually going to be smoked". "I'm going to have a lot more variety than the black market dealers, so you have a lot more choice at our store".
Throughout the country huge lines outside pot shops snaked around city blocks.
Among those waiting outside a Nova Scotia government cannabis shop in Sydney River, Nova Scotia, was Canadian fiddler and singer Ashley MacIsaac. "I mean, now we've heard of Canadians who, when they're crossing the border, if they get pulled aside for secondary inspection, they get follow-up questions and one of the questions can be 'Have you ever consumed pot?' And if you reply in the affirmative, even though it was maybe your college days decades ago, that could be grounds for you being prevented from crossing the border", Schmidt said.
Newfoundland and Labrador's unique position, with a time zone 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Atlantic Canada, made Tuesday night extra special for buyers like Power. He claims that visits to his online dispensaries soared in the lead-up to legalization, on fears that unlicensed marijuana businesses would be shut down under the new legal cannabis regime.
"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.
BC Liquor Distribution Branch spokesperson Viviana Zanocco said the BC Cannabis Store was facing shortages, but added that product was "constantly coming in". "It's like Christmas and New Year's and my birthday, all in one day", Senecal told Al Jazeera, sitting in a foldable chair outside one of three stores selling recreational cannabis in the city.
In the US, marijuana is legal in 29 states and Washington, D.C. for medicinal or recreational use.
Provinces and territories are responsible for setting out numerous details for where cannabis can be bought and consumed within their jurisdictions.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale says Canada's government will introduce legislation to let people apply for a pardon of small-scale marijuana possession convictions - as long as they've finished their sentence.
Cannabis legalization has implications for many other facets of Canadian society, ranging from law enforcement and testing for cannabis-impaired drivers to corporate policies governing consumption restrictions for certain industries such as air travel. But there's also a sense of frustration that America's legal cannabis companies might be seeing a major business opportunity slip away.
Though the province now only has one BC Cannabis Store open, and no privately operated stores have received final licensing approval, British Columbians don't need to travel to Kamloops to buy marijuana legally.
Private retail pot stores are set to open in the province in April.
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