Canada Legalizes Marijuana, Plans To Offer Pardons For 'Minor Pot Convictions'

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The Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a cannabis possession record of 30 grams or less as the country becomes the world's second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace.

By 2 p.m., the only store that was operating in Kamloops had taken about 200 orders and the province said there had been about 5,600 online purchases.

The Cannabis Act was orchestrated in part by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who promised during his campaign to legalize pot in an effort to quell crime.

Flying from Vancouver to Montreal, on the other hand, with pot is perfectly legal so long as individuals meet the age requirement and carry no more than 30 grams of cannabis.

US Customs and Border Protection warned they won't admit anyone arriving with the intent "to aid in the proliferation of the marijuana business". Shopify Inc., which is providing point-of-sale and e-commerce services to cannabis retailers, led declines midday, followed by medical pot producer Tilray Inc.

Noooope. It remains illegal to transport marijuana and you will likely face criminal charges when trying to cross the border into the United States, even if you're going to one of the nine U.S. states where recreational marijuana is legal.

Canadian lawmakers voted in June to approve legal recreational marijuana.

"Regardless of Canada's legalization of marijuana today, nothing will be changing on the USA side or with CBP policies and procedures at the border", Malin said via email.

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Weed enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, kicked off the first permissible sales at midnight.

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The Pot Shack in Saskatoon wasn't able to open in time for the first day of legalized cannabis due to lack of supply, but owner Geoff Cann estimated a lower starting price when the store does open.

Uruguay was the first country to legalise recreational marijuana, although Portugal and the Netherlands have decriminalised the drug.

"Once you see Grandma and Uncle Ted using medical cannabis to manage their arthritis pain, suddenly the substance is not so scary and not so stigmatized", he said.

Later than expected, the government announced October 17 as the day Canadians could recreationally consume cannabis products. Proceeds will be split between the federal and provincial governments, as well as consumption taxes of 10 to 15 percent, depending on the jurisdiction. "Prohibition has ended right now, we made history", Power said. The nation's most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores to operate until spring.

Its deliberate approach, which took more than two years of planning, allows provinces to shape their own laws within a federal framework, including setting the minimum age and deciding whether to distribute through state-run or private retail outlets.

Once inside, customers can use the touchscreen computers or speak with one of the 25 cannabis consultants about which of the 85-odd marijuana strains they want to purchase.

"If you're under the influence, you're going to be in trouble".

"We've used nearly every form of transportation that there is in Canada except for dog sleds to be able to get everything to the store", said Canopy Growth's VP of communications, Jordan Sinclair.

"Even if we support an applicant, the province can still decline a licence", Jones said.

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