On Wednesday adults in Canada will officially be allowed to carry and share up to 30 grams of recreational marijuana in public, legally. They will also be allowed to cultivate up to four plants at home and make edible products only for personal use.
To produce, distribute/sell or consume a cannabis products a person must be atleast 18 years old as it is an offense for minors.
Officials in Nova Scotia and Manitoba said they won’t have a large selection, at least not on the first day.
“My father is going to be my first customer, and my second customer is going to be a lady who has [multiple sclerosis],’ Thomas Clarke, who owns Thomas H. Clarke’s Distribution cannabis retail store in Portugal Cove-St. Philip’s, told CBC News.
Uruguay is the first country in the world to implement a legalislation permitting a nationwide marijuana market while Canada is the first G7 nation and second country in the world to legalise the production,sale and consumption of Marijuana
The Canadian legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, stems from a campaign pledge of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to keep marijuana away from underage users and curb marijuana-related crime.
Prime Minister Trudeau tweeted “Its been too easy for our kids to get marijuana and for criminals to reap the profits. Today, we change that. Our plan to legalise and regulate marijuana just passed the Senate #PromiseKept “
Despite the excitement amongst residents, many health care professionals in Canada say they are afraid that there might be consequences of legalizing marijuana. Stringent rules will still govern the purchase and use of the marijuana. Driving laws are also being updated as drivers will not be allowed to drive under the influence.
Marijuana will not be sold in the same location as alcohol or tobacco.
Consumers purchasing the drug will have to visit retailers regulated by provinces and territories or from federally licensed producers.
Legalizing cannabis is expected to create an industry worth more than $4 billion in Canada.