Recreational marijuana officially legal across Canada

Recreational marijuana officially legal across Canada

It's official. The first legal recreational cannabis has been sold in Newfoundland and Labrador, marking a historic first across the country.

The Ontario Cannabis Store says it will have product from 32 different suppliers, each labelled with the level of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and Cannabidiol (CBD) inside, as tested by Health Canada.

Turns out, Clarke didn't have to go almost so far to open his own retail cannabis outlet. Power lined up at Tweed in St. John's to make the purchase.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada for almost 20 years. At 2:00 a.m., they are required to close their sales for the night, and wait until morning to open for their first full day of business.

The Liberals have been working closely with provinces and territories to strike the right balance on regulations to undercut the illegal market, Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair said Tuesday.

Sources have confirmed to CTV News that the government intends to issue pardons, and not record expungements or amnesty, for cases of possession of 30 grams or less, as that will be legal as the new recreational legalization regime comes into force at midnight tonight.

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Canada's federal government, led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spent about two years planning for legalization, fueled by a desire to bring dealers like Clarke out of the black market and into a regulated system.

The legal age for cannabis is 19 years old and older. The brick-and-mortar stores would be privately-run.

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

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of OR said it's time for the United States government to follow Canada's lead. "I'm just going to save it forever", Power said.

Trevor Fencott, chief executive of Fire and Flower, said his company has 15 Alberta stores staffed and ready to sell marijuana, but the province has supplied only enough product to open three of them Wednesday.

"We're aware of some of the kinks or growing pains that come with creating an industry out of whole cloth in 24 months", Fencott said. "That's not even paying someone's salary".

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