In Kamloops, at British Columbia's only legal shop open and run by the government, a line started forming at 6:00 am PT (1300 GMT), the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation reported.
"I'm having a plaque made with the date and time and everything". "I'm going to save it forever". The BBC, which also covered the first person in Canada to buy legal weed in St. John's, N.L., noted that the country's police forces weren't ready to tackle drug-impaired driving. For example, while adult marijuana use is legal in both Canada and Washington state, it is a crime to bring marijuana from one to the other.
"I do not usually smoke but since it was a historic day for Canada I thought I'd try", she told AFP.
But it was business as usual at the Cannabis Buyers Club in Victoria, which is the oldest marijuana dispensary in Canada and possibly the world. Canadians are only allowed four marijuana plants per residence.
Private retailer Thomas Clarke in Newfoundland and Labrador said he is continuing to turn away customers at his store in Portugal Cove-St. "I am so happy to be living in Canada right now instead of south of the border".
Please, save yourself a lot of trouble. What's handy about the OCS site is it actually keeps track of how many grams out of 30 you have as you shop. Two more states - North Dakota and MI - have ballot measures on recreational legalization next month.
What about previous pot charges?
Separately, Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale on Wednesday said the government would waive the fee and waiting period when people who have been convicted of possession of up to 30 grams (1 ounce) of marijuana apply for pardons, after they've served their sentences. "I ran out at 4:20 today, believe it or not", cannabis retailer Thomas Clarke told CBC News, with a wry nod to marijuana culture.
Why did they legalize it?
On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke to parliament, reiterating why he had been campaigning for this legislation over the last few years.
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.
To complete your purchase you have to once again check a box saying you are 19 and then fill out your address and contact information, choose your shipping method even though there's only one option, and finally pay for your purchase using either a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express. "All the years of activism paid off. Cannabis is legal in Canada and everyone should come to Canada and enjoy our cannabis".
Day one of Canadian cannabis legalization is officially in the rearview, and what might be seen as a very successful first day, was certainly not met without challenges. In Alberta, a government website that sells pot crashed when too many people tried to place orders. Canada is only the second country in the world - and the first G7 nation- to allow a nationwide marijuana market.
Currently, nine US states allow the recreational use of marijuana, including Arizona neighbors California, Nevada and Colorado. In California, which has gone the furthest to address the lingering consequences of marijuana convictions, the legalization initiative authorized expungement of misdemeanors and downgrading of felonies, but it put the burden on victims of pot prohibition to seek relief.
The pot industry took in almost $9 billion in sales in 2017 in the United States, according to BDS Analytics.