Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Canada becomes first major economy to legalise recreational cannabis

Canada becomes first major economy to legalise recreational cannabis

"Although cannabis use is widespread in Canada the burden of a criminal record for minor cannabis possession has fallen onto these groups", he said in an email.

But there are also concerns about the unintended legal consequences of Canada's cannabis legalization when it comes to the tens of millions of Canadians and Americans who cross their mutual border annually.

"I'm very proud to be Canadian on a day like today because this showcases that we're only the second country to legalize (recreational cannabis) on a federal level", to take on the public-policy challenge of ending cannabis prohibition. "Recreational cannabis users in Canada. will just continue with their (existing) sources of supply until the legal system catches up".

Democratic Senator Ron Wyden of OR said it's time for the USA government to follow Canada's lead.

The day was historic for the country as Canadian adults will be able to legally smoke recreational marijuana after almost a century-long ban. You can't travel from Canada with marijuana on your person or in your luggage.

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His dad, Don, said he was thrilled he was among the first customers of legal pot.

Canada's national approach allows unfettered banking for the pot industry, inter-province shipments of cannabis and billions of dollars in investment - a sharp contrast with prohibitions in the United States, where nine states have legalised recreational sales of pot and more than 30 have approved medical marijuana.

The country's incoming interior minister, Olga Sánchez Cordero, participated in some of those rulings as a Supreme Court justice and has said she will push for broad marijuana legalization.

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There's also the issue of economic competition between cannabis businesses in bordering states and provinces.

Draeger Safety Canada, which makes the device, has shipped some units, but a two-week federal funding delay has put further orders on hold, although it expects demand for between 300 and 500 units through March, Managing Director Rob Clark said. Until then, the only legal channel to buy weed is online through the Ontario Cannabis Store. As reported by CNN, these are the legalities that come along with purchasing and carrying marijuana in Canada now.

"The archaic state of our federal law is winning over common sense", California Congressman Lou Correa - the co-sponsor of several major cannabis measures in the House of Representatives - said in an email to 420 Intel. Canada now has a significant headstart in the global cannabis industry, which is expected to reach US$32 billion in consumer spending alone by 2022. In Colorado, for instance, dried flower use made up 47 percent of last year's fourth-quarter sales, with demand for edibles and concentrates growing especially fast.

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Provinces had raised worries about the prospect of early supply shortages in the weeks preceding legalization.

The use of cannabis by adults in private places was legalized by South Africa's highest court in September.

Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, an assistant sociology professor at the University of Toronto who supports the amnesty campaign, told Al Jazeera before the announcement that "cannabis law enforcement has historically had a disproportionate impact on Canada's Indigenous, racialised and marginalised populations".

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