Chances are, that not much will be getting done in Canada today, as smoking (or eating) cannabis is no longer illegal.
Overnight, Canada has become the worlds largest marketplace for marijuana after a 2-year long battle by the Canadian government to legalise the drug.
Social media has become flooded with images and videos of Canadians getting off their faces on the now legalised drug.
So-called ‘wake and bake’ celebrations were being had all over Canada as the country essentially turned into one massive cannabis party as a means of celebrating the legalisation of the popular drug.
Hundreds of websites selling the drug popped up overnight but were quick to crash due to the sheer volume of people trying to get hold of the drug as thousands of people attempted to get their hands on some of the finest herb on the internet.
The new law allows Canadians who are aged 18 and over to carry and share up to 30 grams of marijuana in public.
Although just how these rules are going to be effectively policed is anyones guess as police officers won’t really have the time to go around weighing everyones stash of cannabis apart from when it is obvious that someone is carrying cannabis that is well over the legal limit.
There has also been loads of ‘pot shops’ opening up all over the country as the wave of excitement gathers pace.
It probably wont be long until thousands of Americans line up along the border in order to try and inhale the pungent haze of smoke that will no-doubt start heading their way (as long as the wind is blowing in the right direction).
Thousands of ‘criminals’ who had been selling cannabis before it became legal will now be clambering over each other in order to try and sell as much of the stuff as possible without the fear of getting arrested for doing so.
A patchwork of regulations has spread across Canada as each province takes its own unique approach within the framework that has been established by the federal government.
Some provinces even have government-run stores, others allow private retailers, and some have both.
Canada’s national approach allows unfettered banking for the pot industry, inter-province shipments of cannabis and billions of dollars in investment – a sharp contrast with prohibitions in the United States, where nine states have legalised recreational sales of pot and more than 30 have approved medical marijuana.
It is also expected that thousands of Americans will make their way across the border in order to take advantage of the new law, but they will have to remember to eat/smoke it all before head back again otherwise they will probably end up in jail.
Bruce Linton, CEO of marijuana producer and retailer Canopy Growth, claims he made the first sale in Canada – less than a second after midnight in Newfoundland.
It was reported in The Metro that he went on the record as saying:
‘It was extremely emotional.
‘Several people who work for us have been working on this for their entire adult life and several of them were in tears.’
Cam Battley, chief corporate officer of Aurora Cannabis said
‘it’s not every day you get to be involved in the start of a new industry.
‘The world trusts Canada to be a leader in this.
‘We’re not known as wild and crazy. We’re known for good public policy and I think they will follow our lead.’
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