Canada just became the second country - after Uruguay - to legalize recreational marijuana.
The AP reported that more than 100 legal pot shops are expected to open on Wednesday.
On the first day of legalization in Canada, Quebec's crown cannabis corporation had recorded more than 12,500 in-store transactions and 30,000 online orders, which "far exceeds" its expectations.
"I actually thought I was going to be a couple blocks back, but I was really shocked that I was the first person here", Prett said.
Can I smoke marijuana recreationally in CT?
As laws surrounding recreational marijuana change state by state in the United States, Canada has just legalized weed nationwide. Power was first in line at a store in the eastern city of Saint John's, Newfoundland.
The lines stretched into the hundreds at some retail locations across the country on Wednesday, and some provinces said they saw shorter queues on Thursday.
A long-time cannabis advocate says the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada is a remarkable step forward, but many flaws remain in the law. She never received any of the one-gram packages of flower product she ordered. Buyers can't touch or smell the products before they buy. A small team of employees answers questions but don't make recommendations.
"It's a candy store, I like the experience", said Vincent Desjardins, a 20-year-old-student who plans to apply for a job at the Montreal shop.
Each Canadian province has taken its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government.
In Alberta, where private retailers handle in-store sales, the government-run website processed 8,300 orders as of 3:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, worth approximately $730,000, a spokeswoman for the province's gaming, liquor and cannabis commission. As of this moment, citizens are allowed to purchase and legally possess cannabis.
While Canadians are allowed to grow marijuana in their own home, there are limits.
At present, the legal sale of pot is limited to fresh buds, oil, plants and seeds.
The organization also maintains that by moving forward with the legalization of cannabis for non-medical purposes in disregard of its legal obligations and diplomatic commitments, the government of Canada has contributed to weakening the worldwide legal drug control framework and undermining the rules-based global order.
Law enforcement of those driving under the influence of marijuana could be patchy. Like marijuana businesses in Colorado, California, and Washington state, the Uruguayan sellers have had to resort to cash, with all its attendant risks.
US Customs and Border Protection have reiterated that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and those caught at the border with pot would be subject to arrest and prosecution. And with Attorney General Jeff Sessions vowing to crack down on marijuana, that looks unlikely to change anytime soon.
"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.