After Canada legalizes pot, industry eyes rest of the world

Ivan Schwartz
October 18, 2018

Blair cautions that legalization is only the first step towards a strictly regulated cannabis regime that achieves the government's twin objectives of getting pot out of the hands of kids and eliminating the thriving black market run by organized crime. "We're making sure that it looks nice from the outside, but children won't be able to see into the store", he said. "I'm just going to save it forever".

Brandon Lee, consul general of Canada in Seattle, told the Seattle Times that people should be especially cautious when traveling by ferry or by road because they may forget they're carrying cannabis.

People entering the store are asked to provide two pieces of ID, and there are notices reminding patrons to smoke responsibly.

Nunavut's legislation allows for private retailers to sell marijuana in Nunavut communities, but the commission has said it won't consider that option until 2019, and even then, there will be a process to allow communities to decide if residents welcome that option or not.

Newfoundland and Labrador were the first to sell cannabis.

Signs on the walls explain things like terpenes, which cause the different aromas given off by cannabis, and the difference between indicas and sativas.

Almost five million Canadians or 16 percent of the population consumed 773 tonnes of cannabis in 2017, mostly for recreation, paying an estimated Can$5.5 billion to buy bud, according to the government statistics agency.

"We're not legalizing cannabis because we think it's good for our health". She has the blessing of incoming President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who won office in July and whose party controls both houses of Mexico's Congress.

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- More than two dozen countries have relaxed their marijuana or other drug laws, and a number could consider legalizing in the not-too-distant future.

Just because cannabis is legal that doesn't mean that Canadians can now smoke up wherever they want. "I never thought in my lifetime that I'd see this".

Private retail pot stores are set to open in the province in April.

Though the province now only has one BC Cannabis Store open, and no privately operated stores have received final licensing approval, British Columbians don't need to travel to Kamloops to buy marijuana legally.

Adrian Wyld/CP Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould listen as Border Security Minister Bill Blair speaks during a news conference on legalized cannabis in Ottawa on October 17, 2018. It expects demand for between 300 and 500 units through March, Managing Director Rob Clark said. "Sales started right away, so obviously there's interest". "I don't drink much alcohol, I don't drink coffee, I have no intention of using marijuana", Trudeau, who has admitted to smoking pot in the past, said on Wednesday.

In British Columbia - where many unlicensed dispensaries have asserted that they have no intention of shutting down under the new legal regime - weed is priced between $6.99 and $13.99 per gram, excluding tax.

"This is really the last thing our hemisphere needs right now in the midst of an opiate epidemic is to increase the US of illegal drugs and any drug that's intoxicating, including marijuana", Kevin Sabet, President of SAM, told Fox News. "We got a big shipment coming on the 22nd", she said.

Online purchases are also subject to a $10 shipping fee.

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