Canada legalises sale, use of cannabis

Canada becomes second country in the world to legalise cannabis

I'm not even going to smoke it. Prete said the thing she's most looking forward to about legalization is the experience of buying pot just like any other product. "This is better than the Olympics".

But the waiting period and the $631 cost of applying for a pardon, known as a record suspension, have proven hard for some people saddled with records. Almost a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use.

Ontario, home to Canada's most populous city, Toronto, will have no stores until April 2019, with online sales the only avenue to get legal product due to a change to the province's retail model by a new provincial government.

Last week, the agency did tweak its stated policy for Canadians who work or invest in the legal pot industry, saying that such travellers ought to be allowed over the border provided their trip is unrelated to their work.

Six, including Quebec, will make pot available through government-run stores.

Through another door was a minimalist, pharmacy-like space, with colorful boxes lining the shelves and more shop clerks. The legislation will be introduced by the end of the year, he said.

"We're not legalizing cannabis because we think it's good for our health".

"We'll be talking about that in the coming days and weeks", Trudeau said Tuesday before heading into a cabinet meeting.

"Canada remains a strong supporter of the global drug control framework and will continue working with our worldwide partners to advance the objectives of the drug control framework including through efforts to combat drug trafficking and to promote evidence-based solutions to mitigate the harms of problematic substance use", Walker said in an emailed statement to Radio Canada global.

Those same travellers would not be allowed in if the objective of their travel was related to the industry, said Todd Hoffman, executive director for admissibility and passenger programs in the Office of Field Operations.

"We finish off by eating poutine", he said.

In Toronto, people smoked joints as soon as they rolled out of bed in a big "wake and bake" celebration.

The protocol obliges state parties of the convention to limit the production, manufacture, export, import, distribution of, trade in, use and possession of drugs exclusively to medical and scientific purposes, the United Nations agency said. Only one man was openly smoking a joint on the sidewalk - now legal in Montreal - but he said that was his normal procedure when waiting in any kind of line.

Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years.

It's still unclear if legalisation will undercut the black market. "They say any name, and you can't verify".

Health Canada needs to approve any new rules by October 17, 2019, otherwise edibles will become legal without any framework.

Ian Power said prior to its grand opening, he was happy to "make history" by being the first to legally buy pot in Canada.

It seemed worth shelling out for, he said. "You can evaluate prices on the black market across Canada, and it's in Quebec that the prices are the lowest".

Those waiting in line were nearly entirely men, majority over 50, and nearly all white. Perry said US federal law supersedes state law, so even if recreational marijuana becomes legal in MI later this year, the same law will be enforced at the Canadian border. "We've got to start somewhere".

NDP MP Murray Rankin tabled a private member's bill earlier this month that pushed for the expungement of records of anyone who carries a criminal record for past minor, non-violent pot possession conviction; which is different than the pardon approach the government is taking.

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.

Two women said they had trekked across the city hoping to avoid a long line, unsuccessfully.

"Instead, we have a government scrambling to pass laws for a substance that is already legal", she said, adding that the government had chose to focus on other issues over the past months, such as Ford's move to slash the size of Toronto's city council.

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