How much weed was sold on Canada's legalization day, province-by-province

Irving Hamilton
October 22, 2018

"It's a special moment, not just for Canada, but for the world because my strong conviction is that the rest of the world will follow suit", said Battley, chief corporate officer at Aurora Cannabis.

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Canada is the second country in the world to legalise cannabis for recreational use after Uruguay.

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.

Reform advocates have been promoting marijuana legalization in Italy for years, without success. MI pot industry faces legal obstacles. Italy could be a "dark horse in the race to be the first country to legalize in Europe", Rolles says.

"This is the genie out of the bottle", Walsh 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.

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"Once you see Grandma and Uncle Ted using medical cannabis to manage their arthritis pain, suddenly the substance is not so scary and not so stigmatized", he said. "Private parties may have included cannabis prior to legalization but now that it doesn't need to be consumed in private, people may leave the party and get behind the wheel causing injury to another person or to oneself".

"I do not usually smoke but since it was a historic day for Canada I thought I'd try", she told AFP. Festivities erupted throughout the nation of 37 million.

Newfoundland, being the remotest province to the east, was the first to complete a sale, with a festival ambiance taking over the city by 12:00 am as people sparked up joints in the street.

Canadian ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: We are entering an unprecedented time in the history of our nation that I fear will result not only in huge rates of financial loss to investors, a huge debt on taxpayer financed health care, but also an unparalleled degree of family heartache. And "How are the cops going to know that I'm driving high?" The products are displayed in plastic or cardboard packages behind counters. The official said those who want to take advantage of the pardons will have to apply.

In Alberta, lines snaked around some of the 17 legal shops that opened Wednesday, including an Edmonton branch of Fire and Flower, a company that hopes to open as many as 200 marijuana outlets across the country in the next two years.

Ms Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they will be cutting a ribbon and cake. "Legalization is about daylighting a lot of stuff that used to be in the shadows".

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