Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton, left to right, provides the receipt for the first legal cannabis for recreation use sold in Canada to Nikki Rose and Ian Power at the Tweed shop on Water Street in St. John's N.L.at 12:01 am NDT on Wednesday October 17, 2018.
One of the first customers to buy legal recreational cannabis in Canada says he has no intention of smoking, vaping or otherwise consuming the gram of weed he bought at a store in St. John's. In the US, meanwhile, the move will be closely watched for its impact in the years ahead on everything from migration and crime to tourism and economic growth.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has achieved one of his promises from the 2015 election campaign, with the leader of the governing Liberal Party legalising cannabis for the very first time in Canada.
Enforcing the rules won't be easy.
But wait! The rules may vary depending on what part of Canada you're using it.
He has also said that his late brother Michel was facing marijuana possession charges for a "tiny amount" of pot before his death in an avalanche in 1998, and that this influenced his decision to propose legalising cannabis.
Carrying marijuana across worldwide boundaries is illegal.
US Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference call on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and that those who are caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution.
Recreational cannabis is legal in Canada for those 19 and over as of today, with each province responsible for regulating the sale and consumption of the drug. "Consequently, crossing the border or arriving at a USA port of entry in violation of this law may result in denied admission, seizure, fines, and apprehension".
"B.C. and Washington - we're so close, even personality-wise, culturally", Lee told the paper.
Adults of at least 18 years old will be allowed to carry and share up to 30 grams of legal marijuana in public, according to a bill that passed the Senate in June.
The pot industry took in almost $9 billion in sales in 2017 in the United States, according to BDS Analytics.
Due to Newfoundland's unique timezone, stores on the island had the opportunity to open their doors half an hour earlier than anywhere else in Canada. The vote ended a 95-year-ban on the substance.
"Now that our neighbor to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for OR and other states across the country", Democratic Sen. Canada has gone to pot. "We believe this is the first step toward the establishment of cannabis as a key functional ingredient touching multiple consumer categories".