Canada legalizes recreational cannabis use

It's been years in the making, but Canada has finally officially legalized marijuana sales and use for recreational purposes, becoming just the second country on the planet to do so.

"Profits out of the hands of criminals..." "It is extremely unwise and illegal to attempt to bring any marijuana or marijuana products back across the border with you, whether you are returning to a state with legalization or not".

"It was extremely emotional", he said.

Bell, who lived in the United States, was a Canadian citizen.

Although questions remain about the accuracy of roadside tests, the current legislation says that motorists who are found to have THC levels in the blood that are higher than 2 nanograms per millilitre within two hours of driving can face punishments ranging from fines to jail time.

Linton's company recently received an investment of $4 billion from Constellation Brands, which also sells Corona beer and Robert Mondavi wines.

The Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said, "The legalization by Canada of cannabis for non-medical purposes is incompatible with the legal obligations incumbent on states parties under the international drug control framework". His store opened early Wednesday morning in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.

Newfoundland, being the furthest province to the east, was the first to make the sale, with a festival atmosphere taking over the city by midnight as people lit up joints in the street.

"Yesterday was the day that everyone was waiting for but I think that little by little the queue will decrease", he said.

"It's been my dream to be the first person to buy the first legal gram of cannabis in Canada, and here I finally am", he said.

"It's been a long time coming". Aphria Inc. gained as much as 5.1 percent after Scotiabank said it was the best way to play the pot sector.

The federal government set the minimum legal age for consumption at 18, but most provinces and territories have raised it to 19, except Quebec and Alberta. They are responsible for setting out where cannabis can be bought and consumed.

Canadians can also order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered to their home by mail. Over 100 people braved the cold and wind in the province's capital St. John's, lining up outside a Tweed-branded store owned by Canopy Growth Corp., the world's most recognised cannabis producer. A nationwide market selling the drug has opened, and until legal stores are more widely available, some unlicensed cannabis retailers, which have increased in recent years, may stay open.

The Associated Press reported this story. Susan Shand adapted this story for Learning English.

  • Rogelio Becker