Massive lines outside Canada marijuana shops after country legalizes weed

A worker examines cannabis products at the Ontario Cannabis Store distribution centre in an undated handout

The briefing was part of a last political push by the government to answer outstanding questions about a major social, legal and policy shift that will see Canada become the first G7 country to legalize the use of recreational cannabis. "All the years of activism paid off. Cannabis is legal in Canada and everyone should come to Canada and enjoy our cannabis". The goal is to better reflect society's changing opinion about marijuana and bring black market operators into a regulated system. In April, Zimbabwe became the second country in Africa to legalize the use of marijuana for medical purposes.

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

"I am living my dream".

-Canadian authorities will soon be announcing plans to pardon anyone convicted of carrying 30 grams or less of marijuana in the past.

The AP reported that more than 100 legal pot shops are expected to open on Wednesday.

At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. No private store licenses have been issued so far and many municipalities are waiting until after local elections on October 20 to give their approvals for stores, province Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said.

The implementation of police roadside tests for marijuana impairment sticks out as a point of concern for Elliott, who says that determining a point of impairment under the influence of marijuana leaves a lot of grey area. Though cannabis consumption is now legal, in Ontario you can only buy pot legally from the government-run Ontario Cannabis Store.

Not all of the details surrounding marijuana legalization in Canada have been sorted out yet, particularly when it comes to the country's relationship with the United States, where marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, putting it in the same category as cocaine and heroin.

In New Brunswick, on Canada's east coast, the government's licensed cannabis stores have even put together a step-by-step guide for how to roll a ideal joint.

Speaking of the law and how it may lead to young adult consuming more pot, Antonio Vigano, a medical marijuana specialist and research director at the Sante Cannabis clinic in Montreal, told the AFP: "As a doctor and as a father, I do not agree with the legalization of recreational cannabis". Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they will be cutting a ribbon and cake.

The federal government hopes to have the pardon legislation tabled in the House of Commons before the end of the year.e the end of the year.

"I'm not a drinker, I like to smoke", she said.

"It's a historic day, a real first", said Alain Brunet, project manager for the Quebec's government corporation overseeing the stores. "That's not even paying someone's salary".

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