Canada moves to expedite pardons for minor marijuana convictions

Canada moves to expedite pardons for minor marijuana convictions

Festivities erupted throughout the nation as Canada became the largest country on the planet with legal marijuana sales.

The Progressive Conservative government's bill changing previously established regulations on where recreational pot can be used was put to a final vote around 4:40 p.m. after closing statements from legislators, with 69 voting in favour and 41 against.

"We had to stay compliant in order to hopefully get our legal right to be here", said employee Debbie Crookes.

Linton said Canada is at the forefront of the industry because it is federally legal in Canada and federally illegal in the U.S.

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.

If you're still craving a trip, Canada's newspaper of record, the Globe and Mail, is here for you.

Cannabis will now be sold in stores and ordered online, with the drugs posted to customers' homes.

In the meantime, Toronto Police still intend to crack down on illegal dispensaries, with the Ontario government deeming physical stores selling weed to be afoul of the law until April. In Quebec, the legal purchasing age will be 18, and while citizens will also be permitted to carry up to 30 grams of the drug in public, the legal limit for possession on private property will be 150 grams. Though Nova Scotia has established a government monopoly on cannabis sales, the newly opened stores do not have the high-strength extracts that Enns has spent years providing for many of his patients, including people with cancer.

"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.

US Customs and Border Protection warned they won't admit anyone arriving with the intent "to aid in the proliferation of the marijuana business".

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Newfoundland, being the furthest province to the east, was the first to make the historic sale. "Their product is showcased in the store, they're here to support growth".

"I can't believe we did it".

"It's a candy store, I like the experience", said Vincent Desjardins, a 20-year-old-student who plans to apply for a job at the Montreal shop. "They'll probably be looking, especially with people going on the weekends, or if someone goes and comes back on the same day". "Ensuring people's privacy is an important goal for us". Public awareness campaigns are in place and information is readily available to combat such issues.

"They can't come in the store, but they can see the line, see this important moment in Canadian history", Fencott said.

The federal government promises it will soon be quicker - and less expensive - to obtain a criminal pardon for previous convictions of simple pot possession.

The offense is punishable by up to five years in prison, according to the Cannabis Act. "Up to four cannabis plants will be allowed per household", Toronto police tweeted.

"Do not call police for this", the tweets read.

At dusk, the Ontario Provincial Police sent a message of their own with a live online broadcast of a RIDE check timed to coincide with legalization.

"It's raising awareness and also working to dispel any myths about what the new legislation means, making sure that's clarified, and also increasing general awareness of the risks and possible harms of cannabis use".

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