Canada legalises marijuana, becomes world's largest marketplace

Canada legalises marijuana, becomes world's largest marketplace

"Additional licensed cannabis retail stores will open in the coming months, as private cannabis retailers proceed through the regulatory and permit process", the province said.

Although cannabis becomes legal on Wednesday, only one legal dispensary will be opening its doors in British Columbia.

The legal age for cannabis is 19 years old and older.

It ended the nearly century-old prohibition on marijuana in this country but it hasn't come without opponents and challenges along the way.

Canada is only the second country in the world - and the first G7 nation- to allow a nationwide marijuana market.

Uruguay was first was the first country to legalize marijuana.

"I am living my dream".

The vote took place in June, after which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had announced October 17 as the date when the regime would come into effect. A household can also grow only four plants and anything over the limit could attract hefty penalty. In tune, Canada has been preparing for the move and sending out millions of flyers to residents speaking of the new marijuana laws and raising awareness on its use.

One of those cannabis crusaders was Thomas Clarke, a long time advocate for legalization who also planned to open his store, Thomas H. Clarke's Distribution, at midnight in the rural community of Portugal Cove-St.

Each province has its own rules and regulations about how it will be distributed, enforced and how much you can possess.

"Now that our neighbour to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for OR and other states across the country", he said in a statement.

Trudeau told reporters that parents will play a role in talking to their kids about the drug and repeated his oft-stated view that a regulated market for marijuana - a pillar of his 2015 election campaign - will keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian kids and combat the flourishing black market.

Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based lobbying organization that has been pressing for legalization since 1995, said it is time for the follow Canada's lead.

"There's no money in the product itself", she said.

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