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Canada Now World’s Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace

20 October 2018

Marijuana may be legal in some states in the United States, but it is still prohibited federally. Some media outlets, including Vice, called legalization day "Hash Wednesday".

"There will be a lot of celebrations on the day, and it will nearly all be with illegal cannabis" in some of Canada's biggest cities, said Brad Poulos, an instructor and cannabis business expert at Ryerson University in Toronto.

Canada followed Uruguay, which was the first country in the world to regulate the sale of cannabis for recreational purposes in 2013, and some USA states voted to end the drug ban.

Selling, of course, is being more strictly regulated, and the country has been careful to modify existing intoxication laws to include marijuana intoxication as well.

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In Ontario, Canada's most populated province, 38,000 orders for weed worth about $750,000 (£440,850) were processed in the first few hours on Wednesday, while in neighbouring Quebec 42,000 orders were processed in-store and online, smashing all expectations.

The end of marijuana prohibition is a watershed moment for Canada, but it comes with a lot of questions about how this will actually play out across the country. "We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children", Mr Trudeau said.

Masse is frustrated that the United States and Canada did not take the opportunity to discuss the issue of border control and cannabis legalization during negotiations over the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) last month.

Still, most of the sector remained lower as Canadians waited on lines for legal weed, with some complaining about the high prices. Canada's Public Safety Minister said the government will consider a proposal to pardon those jailed for possessing a small amount of marijuana - as long as they have finished their sentence.

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"The Ontario Cannabis Store's online channel is the only legal place in the province to buy recreational cannabis". Canadian law now allows people 18 and older to buy pot, though some provinces have upped the minimum age to 19 to match the drinking age.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime thing - you're never ever going to be one of the first people able to buy legal recreational cannabis in Canada ever again", said Stone, a 32-year restaurant and bar manager.

Dazed and confused. The legal framework around cannabis use is set to be a regulatory labyrinth.

British Columbia, which plans both province-run and private outlets, will have only one government store open in Kamloops, 220 miles from its biggest city Vancouver.

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Canada Now World’s Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace