Almost a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use. The Liquor Distribution Branch has entered into a contract with Canada Post for delivery of online cannabis orders.
"Now that our neighbor 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", Democratic Sen. Let us know in the comments.
"We know we need to do a better job to protect our children and to eliminate or massively reduce the profits that go to organised crime". It also regulates and restricts access to it in Canada, meaning it lays out specific do's and don'ts for consumption of the drug across the country.
The BC Cannabis Store in Kamloops was waiting for local licensing approval until Tuesday, when city councillors voted unanimously to grant its application.
The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores until next spring.
"Prohibition has ended right now". "I can't believe we did it".
You must be at least 19 years old to purchase cannabis in B.C.
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". Around 4.9 million already smoke.
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According to the release, Canada Post will undertake age-verification check if a customer appears to be under 25 years old.
As well as Mr Trudeau's attempt to cut out weed as a revenue stream for organised criminals, money from the drug will now end up more legal pockets.
Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001, and amid excitement over the arrival of legal recreational pot, many in the industry spent the last days of prohibition on tasks familiar to any retail business - completing displays, holding mock openings and training employees to use sales-tracking software.
Its implementation will be scrutinized and dissected by Canadians ahead of the next election in 2019, as well as other nations that the prime minister has said may follow suit if the measure proves a success.
Mr Trudeau has previously admitted to smoking pot five or six times in his life, including at a dinner party with friends after being elected to parliament.
Canadians everywhere will be able to order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered to their homes by mail.
"It was three years ago Justin Trudeau campaigned on legalizing cannabis", Ford said during a speech.