First legal cannabis in Canada sold in St. John’s

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2018

Sources have confirmed to CTV News that the government intends to issue pardons, and not record expungements or amnesty, for cases of possession of 30 grams or less, as that will be legal as the new recreational legalization regime comes into force at midnight tonight.

NDP justice critic Murray Rankin recently put forward a private bill calling for expungement of criminal records for minor cannabis possession offences. The official, who was not authorized to speak public ahead of the announcement, said those who want to take advantage of the pardons will have to apply.

As a result, many people will be ordering their pot online and waiting for it to be brought to their front door.

In other words, just because the Cannabis Act says you can do something with pot in Canada, doesn't mean you can do it everywhere.

Democratic senator Ron Wyden of OR said it was time for the US Government to follow Canada's lead.

"We're aware of some of the kinks or growing pains that come with creating an industry out of whole cloth in 24 months", Fencott said.

Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Government has spent two years working towards expanding that to include so-called recreational marijuana.

As one official put it, they don't expect the questions to end and foresee bumps along the way after legalization. Any dispensaries operating in the province right now now remain illegal, according to the provincial government.

Canadians 18 or 19, depending on the province or territory, will be able to buy and use fresh dried cannabis, cannabis oil, plants and seeds for cultivation from regulated retailers beginning Wednesday.

"We will do what is necessary to ensure that kids don't have access to this drug and that we work collectively together to displace that (illegal market)". Health Canada will develop regulations on edibles within a year, Blair said, adding he would caution consumers about their use in the meantime.

"It is very challenging to consume them in a safe way until those regulations are in place".

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