'Shop legal': Ontario's cannabis site launches as marijuana legalized

Canada becomes second country in the world to legalise cannabis

Ian Power became one of the first people in Canada in almost a century to own a gram of legal recreational cannabis.

Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. By midnight, when the sale of non-medical cannabis officially became legal in Canada, he was the first of more than 130 customers lined up outside the store on Water Street downtown.

Individuals have been eligible to apply for a pardon through the Parole Board of Canada five years after the conviction is handed down. "There's a tear in my eye".

No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto.

"Now that our neighbour to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for OR and other states across the country", he said in a statement.

Consumers too are happy with the law and Ryan Bose from Ontario said that legalising recreational marijuana was a good move.

In total, Statistics Canada says 5.4 million Canadians will buy cannabis from legal dispensaries in 2018 - about 15% of the population.

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Speaking in the Collingwood-area this morning, Ford said nobody in the room asked for cannabis to be legalized and it was "thrust upon us" by the federal government.

Some provinces may opt to set the age limit at 19.

With the legalization of recreational cannabis in Canada just hours away, the federal government is expected to announce it will pardon people with past convictions for cannabis possession as the new law takes effect. Pot enthusiasts in the province will have the biggest choice of shops, with 22 outlets expected to be operating between 9 a.m. local time to 2 a.m., and at least some that opened at midnight on Wednesday.

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.

Brenda Tobin and her son Trevor plan to open their pot shop in Labrador City in Newfoundland and Labrador at 4:20 pm Wednesday - 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis.

Meanwhile, industry players and watchers have said to expect product shortages at the outset.

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