Recreational marijuana becomes legal in Canada

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Canadians across the country woke up to legalized recreational cannabis this morning, marking a seismic shift in drug policy and making Canada one of the few countries around the world to do so.

Tom Clarke, an illegal pot dealer for three decades, was also among the first to make a legal sale in Canada when his store opened at midnight local time in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland. He lined up at midnight in St. John's during the opening of the Tweed retail location.

It was the first day that marijuana could be sold legally in Canada. "All the years of activism paid off. Cannabis is legal in Canada and everyone should come to Canada and enjoy our cannabis".

Still, global businesses and investment funds have been hovering around the market for years, waiting for the time when they could legally invest in large-scale industrializing marijuana cultivation and distribution.

Smoking or vaping of cannabis is allowed in public places where tobacco is permitted in many provinces or territories, but others such as Manitoba have a ban on public consumption. "It's been too easy for our kids to get marijuana - and for criminals to reap the profits", he tweeted back in July after the Cannabis Act passed in the Senate. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences ETF, which also climbed to a record on Tuesday, slid as much as 8.2 percent.

And with significant know-how gained since Canada's legalisation of medical marijuana in 2001, others including Aurora and Aphria are making inroads overseas as more and more foreign markets allow therapeutic cannabis use and research.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has defended legalisation - the fulfillment of a 2015 campaign promise - as meant to protect young people and to shut down drug dealers.

The nation's most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores to operate until spring.

Makowsky said the province would take 12 to 18 months after legalization to make a decision on increasing the number of retail stores.

British Columbia, which plans both province-run and private outlets, has only one government store 350 kilometres (220 miles) from its biggest city, Vancouver.

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of OR said it's time for the United States government to follow Canada's lead.

People check out the sample counter at a cannabis store in Winnipeg, Man., on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.

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Even in provinces with more shops, shelves are empty likely because of a shortage of product.

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.

According to CNBC, he said: "Prohibition has ended right now".

THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, is the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana that gives users their high, while CBD or cannabinol is another, non-psychoactive ingredient.

But many large police departments will forego the C$5,000 device, Adam Palmer, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, told reporters on Monday. "We just made history", said the 46-year-old Power, who bought a gram.

The country's incoming interior minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, participated in some of those rulings as a Supreme Court justice and has said she will push for broad marijuana legalization. "Police aren't ... chomping at the bit to go out and start raiding stores".

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