What Canada's legalization of marijuana means for travelers

What Canada's legalization of marijuana means for travelers

A day that many Canadians have long dreamt of has finally arrived, with cannabis now officially legal across the country.

Even those who admit to smoking marijuana in Canada could be deemed inadmissible.

In the Saskatoon area, customers will be able purchase product from Jimmy's Cannabis in Martensville. US immigration agents may even choose to ban Canadians from entering the country if they admit to smoking pot, even if they are entering states where it is legal, such as Washington. The new law allows for recreational use.

British Columbia, one of the provinces with the highest rates of cannabis use, will only have one legal store open on Wednesday.

Canopy said it has 100,000 more units of cannabis to send to distributors across the country in the next week, with shipments planned each business day through at least Monday.

There's lots of money to be made.


Fire and Flower Chief Executive Trevor Fencott brought his wife and three children - 16, 13 and 6 - for the opening of a company pot shop in Edmonton, even though the law forbid his children from going inside.

He's off to Germany on Friday and Australia next week - a sign of what a leader Canada has become in the global pot industry, and of the reverberations its decision to legalize could have internationally.

The port of entry in Alexandria Bay sees thousands of drivers coming in and out of the USA and Canada every day. Canadians are among the world's heaviest users of marijuana. "We got a big shipment coming on the 22nd", she said.

Uruguay was first was the first country to legalize marijuana sales in 2017. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores until next spring.

The Ontario Cannabis Store has had 38,000 orders since the site went live at midnight, Premier Doug Ford says.

Jimmy's Cannabis also has a website that will allow customers from around the province to order online. He has voiced concern over the lack of concrete decisions made between the Canadian and American governments on the issue of marijuana legalization. His government introduced new initiatives such as the Canada-U.S.

The move is a political win for Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who vowed to legalize cannabis during his 2015 election campaign.

Pyxus International Inc. led the gains, rising as much as 8 percent as of 11:25 a.m.in NY on higher-than-average volume.

There will be no fees involved.

As well as Mr Trudeau's attempt to cut out weed as a revenue stream for organised criminals, money from the drug will now end up more legal pockets. The governing Liberal Party holds a majority in Parliament, so passage is largely assured.

Hours before they opened, though, a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold. Last year, Canadians spent $4.4 billion on marijuana, according to the census agency Statistics Canada, with the vast majority of that going into the black market.

Marijuana may be legal in some states in the United States, but it is still prohibited federally. He says the initiative is about basic fairness.

Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace on Wednesday.

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