Tom Clarke, an illegal pot dealer for three decades, was among the first to make a legal sale in Canada when his store opened at midnight local time in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.
"We heard from provinces and territories who told us they needed more time to transition to this new framework, so our government will continue to work in full partnership with them, to ensure the smooth and orderly implementation of this new law across Canada". "Cannabis is legal here in Canada, so I wanted to be the first one to make the first legal purchase in Montreal - and I think I'm going to be the one", said Senecal, 39, who has a medical marijuana license.
Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and Trudeau's government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana.
British Columbia, one of the provinces with the highest rates of cannabis use, will only have one legal store open on Wednesday.
Canada legalized the sale of marijuana for recreational use starting last night. But because the country uses USA dollars, its legal marijuana sellers can not tap into US -regulated financial systems such as US banks or the major credit card networks, which are forbidden from handling drug money.
Goodale was flanked by other key ministers who have shepherded the cannabis file through a legislative and bureaucratic maze: Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. Power lined up at Tweed in St. John's to make the purchase.
Retail stores won't be licensed to open until April. Well before the hour struck, lineups were queueing up outside pot stores in the country's biggest cities. Private store licenses will only be issued after legalization, the province's Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth said.
Even in provinces with more shops, empty shelves are likely due to a shortage of product.
As of Tuesday the drug was still illegal, and officials at the media briefing said any charges or cases before the courts could still be prosecuted after legalization.
"Oct. 17 will. probably be the least elegant day", Canopy's CEO Linton said.
Law enforcement going forward could be patchy.
The situation gets complicated, though, if a person attempts to cross the border in a vehicle that contains cannabis paraphernalia or after having recently used the drug.
But many large police departments will forego the C$5,000 device, Adam Palmer, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, told reporters on Monday.
"We expect Tilray to acquire a meaningful share of the Canadian cannabis market based on initial supply agreements and through its first mover advantage in building production scale and strengthening national brands and products across a broad and expanding category", the analyst Mike Hickey said. As reported by CNN, these are the legalities that come along with purchasing and carrying marijuana in Canada now.
Elliott says that the government is missing a big opportunity in their decision to squash storefront sales in the early going. "Police aren't. chomping at the bit to go out and start raiding stores".