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Rik's been smoking weed for 30 years, but he's skeptical of legalization

18 October, 2018, 00:11 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • NEW First Legal Recreational Cannabis in Canada Sold in NL

"By giving adults a regulated legal alternative we believe we can make our communities safer".

Canada will become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace when sales begin on midnight Wednesday.

The NDP said Wednesday it would continue to fight for the expungement of criminal records, stating there is a need to correct a historical wrong.

The government predicts it will raise $400m a year in tax revenues on the sale of cannabis but concerns remain over the country's preparation for the event.

"I'm elated. I'm so excited, I can't stop smiling".

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business complains that small businesses are grappling with "inconsistent and uneven" rules about workplace impairment, where cannabis can be consumed and drug testing.

There are roughly 85 dried-flower strains of cannabis and a selection of oils, capsules and pre-rolls available for purchase at the store.

Many Canadians of legal age are also able to grow their own cannabis plants at home - no more than four in most places - but some provinces such as Quebec have chosen to ban personal cultivation.

Shopify Inc. said the government-operated online cannabis stores that are powered by its software have been seeing more than 100 orders per minute.

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At a briefing Tuesday, federal officials told reporters that internal discussions had focused on an application-based process for speeding up pot pardons, instead of a blanket amnesty. "We are competitive with other provinces".

Bill Blair, the minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction and Toronto's former chief of police, said on Sunday that regulations around the sale of cannabis edibles would be brought forward in the next 12 months.

Talks over legalising marijuana in Canada have been going on for a while now with the Senate voting 52-29 in favour of legalisation.

Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use.

A campaign to push Ottawa to grant amnesty to people convicted of marijuana possession charges has also gained steam in the lead-up to legalisation.

Goodale says the initiative to help people receive pardons for simple pot possession is about "basic fairness". If a buyer accepting a package containing cannabis appears to be younger than 25, the Canada Post delivery person may ask for identification to verify the age.

Robert Lawson said he's been smoking weed since he was 14.

"We're not legalising cannabis because we think it's good for our health". Nor is it a magic elixir. Canopy Growth Corp and Aurora Cannabis, the world's two biggest cannabis producers, pulled back as much as 8.6 percent and 11.8 percent, respectively, early Wednesday after touching record intraday highs in the previous session.

Provinces and territories are responsible for setting out numerous details for where cannabis can be bought and consumed within their jurisdictions.



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