Canada ‘weed’ stores run out of supplies, more lineups

Kenny Grant
October 19, 2018

On June 19, Canada became the second country in the world - and the first from the Group of Seven - to legalize marijuana on a national scale.

Here in the United States, nine states have legalized marijuana.

US officials say the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada has not prompted any changes in the flow of traffic at U.S.

"Federal law supersedes state law", he said.

The government announced late past year that medical marijuana would be allowed, and the country is due to hold a national referendum by 2020 on whether to legalize and regulate adult use of marijuana. The regulations governing when, where, and how one can buy and ingest marijuana in Canada also vary by province. It is up to the border agent's discretion.

The dispensary, Canadian Safe Cannabis Services, has been open in Kamloops for the better part of a decade, and Semeniuk doesn't plan to switch to the swanky government-run shop - regardless of its legality. MI and North Dakota are the only states this year deciding on the legalization of recreational marijuana this November election. Two more states - North Dakota and MI - have ballot measures on recreational legalization next month. His government introduced new initiatives such as the Canada-U.S.

"The ship is already sailing at the velocity it can sail at in the USA", said Richard Hahn, executive director of Crime and Justice Program at New York University.

"Municipalities will have a one-time window to opt-out of permitting cannabis retail stores within their municipal boundaries and they can enact by-laws that further restrict smoking cannabis beyond the provincial minimum standards in places like parks". It's also still illegal for minors to smoke pot - and sharing a toke with one could get you up to 14 years in jail.

Even if some U.S. states and localities, including the capital Washington, permit medical or recreational pot use, the CBP warned that the drug remains illegal under USA federal law, giving them the responsibility to fight its use and promotion.

Krissy Calkins smokes a marijuana joint at a "Wake and Bake" legalized marijuana event in Toronto, Oct. 17, 2018.

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The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.

However, the market is still in its nascent stage with analysts predicting a shortage of supply in the first year of legalisation.

The federal government and many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edibles for a year, and tight control over supply.

"I came out tonight to be the first person in Canada to purchase the first legal gram of recreational cannabis, to help see the end of prohibition in Canada finally", Power said.

Thousands of Canadians lined up in front of over 100 private and government stores Wednesday, including Corey Stone, who arrived just before 4 a government store in downtown Montreal.

"We're not legalising cannabis because we think it's good for our health".

Other customers were hopeful it was the start of a movement that will sweep nations worldwide. Italy could be a "dark horse in the race to be the first country to legalize in Europe", Rolles says.

Only time will tell if Canada's nationwide legalization will serve as an example or a cautionary tale.

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