Canada legalizes recreational cannabis use


For example, the province of Alberta has some of the most liberal laws on marijuana use, but Calgary - the biggest city in Alberta - has banned the use of recreational pot in public. Uruguay legalized it in 2017.

"Seeing cannabis shoppers wait in lines as opposed to take the traditional easy illegal supply route is refreshing and bodes well for the recreational market in Canada", he said.

Despite being allowed to use or even grow marijuana, Canadians can still be charged if they're caught breaking a number of important laws accompanying legalization.

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) expresses its disappointment at the passage of Bill C-45, which legalizes cannabis/marijuana for recreational use.

Marijuana enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, kicked off the first permitted sales at midnight. She has the blessing of incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who won office in July and whose party controls both houses of Mexico's Congress.

"This is the genie out of the bottle", Walsh said. But as Erik Altieri, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws (NORML), put it recently: what happens in Canada needs to stay in Canada.

Retailers have already begun selling marijuana on the high streets, with Canadians queueing overnight to be among the first to buy the potent drug.

Still, there's no doubt that the black market in Canada will remain active, at least for a while. He said the Kamloops dispensary allows him to buy small amounts with what little money he has.

That could be changing. Mexico, the Netherlands and Italy are among other nations that have been mulling legalization.

On Wednesday, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize it.

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"The response to cannabis legalization has resulted in a high volume of orders", the message reads.

With its northern neighbor legalizing and its southern neighbor mulling it, can the world's most influential proponent of the drug war be far behind?

"I'm loyal to him because of the fact that he was willing to sacrifice going to jail, perhaps, for providing medical marijuana to a lot of people who consider it their medicine", he said.

While President Donald Trump has said he would likely support a congressional effort to ease the federal prohibition, his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is a marijuana critic and legalization opponent.

Here in the US, attitudes towards pot have been shifting.

Zimbabwe was the second country in Africa, after Lesotho, to regulate the use of marijuana for medical purposes. Six states - Michigan, North Dakota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin and Utah - will be voting on marijuana initiatives during next month's elections.

Canada's legalization has left proponents in the USA calling for Congress to act. Sen.

"It's not fair to expect the government to deliver everything perfectly Day 1 when this is a huge transition", said Ian Dawkins, president of the Cannabis Commerce Association of Canada.

Canada needs to "take a deep breath" as USA states such as Colorado and California did not have a seamless system at the outset either, said Cam Battley, chief corporate officer for licensed producer Aurora Cannabis.

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