Today, Canada became the second country in the world to open a legal adult-use marijuana market. The first is Uruguay, which legalized the use and possession of recreational cannabis in 2001.
More than 100 legal cannabis shops opened across the country on the first day of the legal pot market, with more stores expected to follow soon.
Ontario, which is the most populous province, will only begin opening stores next spring. Residents, however, will be able to order cannabis online.
British Columbia, on the other hand, opened only one legal store today. It is one of the provinces in Canada with the highest rates of pot use.
Cannabis convictions will be pardoned
Hours before retail stores opened, a federal official said that the government will pardon all prior convictions related to the possession of 30 grams of cannabis, which is now the legal threshold.
According to the official, those who wish to take advantage of the pardons need to apply first.
First legal recreational cannabis sold was in Newfoundland
The first recreational pot sale in Canada was made in Newfoundland at the stroke of midnight.
The stylish and roomy Tweed shop on Water Street in St. John’s N.L. sold the first legal recreational pot to Nikki Rose and Ian Power.
Bruce Linton, founder and CEO of Canopy Growth Corp., which happens to be Tweed’s parent company, flew out for the first sale and he landed on the island right in time to make the record.
Linton said that he was excited to tender the first sale at the Tweed store in Newfoundland, noting that the first sales are the result of years of hard work. He is also looking forward to the next steps in cannabis, especially in the field of research and in the developing public conversations around the drug.
Is Canada really ready for this
There are still questions on how legal recreational pot will work in the country.
However, several analysts are predicting that there will be a shortage of cannabis supply in the first year of legalization as licensing and production continues to work in order to meet demand.