Canada running out of marijuana two days after it became legal

Cornelia Mascio
Ottobre 21, 2018

Turns out, Clarke didn't have to go almost so far to open his own retail cannabis outlet.

Marijuana is now legal in Canada.

"I am living my dream".

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. That is a small slice of what ultimately will be a much larger marketplace. The AGCO's website states that it will "move quickly to define the licensing process" in an attempt to support the goal of having private stores open for business by next April 1.

Ryan Bose, 48, a Lyft driver in Toronto, said it is about time. That offers other countries a model somewhere between the more strictly regulated system in Uruguay, the only other country with legal sales, and the more commercial version in some of the nine USA states that have approved recreational marijuana.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001, and Justin Trudeau's government has spent two years working to expand that to include recreational use. It is noted that illegal marijuana market in Canada was 7 million dollars. Nine U.S. states have legalized recreational use of pot, and more than 30 have approved medical marijuana.

Long queues of customers looking for a legal high have been reported all around the country. Ron Wyden of OR said in a statement.

A patchwork of regulations has spread in Canada as each province takes its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government. Retailers and online stores either ran out or had very little stock after the first day.

Under the new law, citizens will be allowed to carry up to 30 grams of cannabis in public and each household will be able to grow up to four marijuana plants.

Steve Hawkins, executive director of the Marijuana Policy Project, a Washington-based lobbying organization that has been pressing for legalization since 1995, said it is time for the follow Canada's lead.

The man was fined for Smoking marijuana in the wrong place.

For decades the US required other nations to cooperate in the drug war or risk losing foreign aid, even as some Latin American countries wracked by violence criticized America for failing to curb its appetite for cocaine, marijuana and other drugs.

As Canada welcomes legalization, supply shortages could develop, as happened in some USA states when legalization arrived.

Brenda Tobin and her son Trevor plan to open their shop in Labrador City in Newfoundland and Labrador at 4.20pm on Wednesday - 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis.

"They can't come in the store, but they can see the line, see this important moment in Canadian history", Fencott said.

"We are just ecstatic", she said.

Ontario announced that there were around 38,000 orders processed, worth Can$750,000. "That's not even paying someone's salary".

41 year old Genevieve Despres, 41, was one of the lucky few to make it inside the store on Wednesday.

"It's a historic day, a real first", said Alain Brunet, project manager for the Quebec's government corporation overseeing the stores.

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

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