Canada thus becomes only the second country in the world, to legalize cannabis. Canada's 13 provinces and territories are setting their own rules for cannabis use, leading to some confusion.
Nine-year-old Girl Guide Elina Childs manage to raise C$120 by selling cookies to customers outside a cannabis shop in Edmonton, Alberta.
And business was booming throughout the day as sales kicked off across the country.
The marijuana drug has been legalized for medical purposes in Canada in 2001.
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Cam Battley, chief corporate officer of Aurora Cannabis, also one of Canada's largest cannabis companies, said it's not every day you get to be involved in the start of a new industry.
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And there's more good news for pot aficionados: Hours before a few retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province, 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.
As of October 17, 2018, across Canada, Marijuana is now legal.
"When you involve crossing an global border with an illicit drug, you are adding tremendously to the risk you are facing", he explained, pointing out that laws in US states where recreational marijuana is legal are much less restricted than in Canada. "We're known for good public policy and I think they will follow our lead".
Newfoundland, being the furthest province to the east, was the first to make the sale, with a festival atmosphere taking over the city by midnight as people lit up joints in the street.
The union representing 50,000 Canada Post employees has given notice that workers could walk off the job starting Monday if agreements aren't reached with the Urban Postal Operations and Rural and Suburban Mail Carriers bargaining units. According to The New York Times, Quebec shops plan to have many strains available at around $7 CAD (about $7.50 AUD) per gram to remain competitive with the black market.
"Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his youngest son, and weed has taken no one from me ever", he said.
The stores have a sterile look, like a modern clinic, with a security desk to check identification. According to some estimates, government websites processed 100 orders per minute while waiting lines stretched for blocks outside many dispensaries across the country as legalization rolled out. The products are displayed in plastic or cardboard packages behind counters. Peterson took out a full page ad in the Wall Street Journal this week urging President Donald Trump to help ease prohibition and eliminate hurdles for the US pot industry before Canada leaves it even farther behind. Canadians (unlike Americans) can buy pot online from government stores, and the Times reports that online sales have been so strong that inventories are already running out.