Marijuana Is Now Legal in Canada. Here's How It's Going So Far

Blaine Immigration lawyer Len Saunders says penalties for landing in the U.S. with cannabis depend on age and state laws

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 global legal drug control framework and undermining the rules-based worldwide order.

The most expensive legal gram of cannabis was in the Northwest Territories, at $17.50. -Canada border Wednesday, Director of Field Operations Christopher Perry said that United States Border Officers have not been told to ask more cannabis-related questions than they did before legalization. And don't forget all the pot-themed merchandise, like shirts depicting Justin Trudeau riding a giant joint.

Genevieve had bought weed with a low level of THC, the psychoactive agent in cannabis, referring to it as "the bomb" before returning with friends on Thursday to buy more. Proceeds will be split between the federal and provincial governments, as well as consumption taxes of 10 to 15 percent, depending on the jurisdiction.

Driving under the influence of drugs is still 100 per cent illegal.

The Canadian federal government as well as many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edibles for a year, and tight control over supply. But not all Canadians are laughing.

The Act federally licenses commercial producers of cannabis and of certain cannabis-infused products, while permitting provinces to regulate retail sales in public (government operated) and private stores, subject to local rules. There may be only half a dozen major cannabis players left after a few years, according to industry experts.

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We've spoken a lot about the whole spate of cannabis-based concotions set to hit the Canadian market in the near future, from a Cannabis-brewed beer to Cannabis-infused Coca-Cola, however the moment of truth is finally set to hit the Canadian weed industry as recreational marijuana becomes fully legal tonight at Midnight (Canadian time, of course).

Currently, anyone convicted of a minor marijuana offense can apply for a pardon after remaining crime free for five years and paying a fee of $631 Canadian. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect pot shops to open until next spring.

"I don't need to be a criminal anymore, and that's a great feeling", singer Ashley MacIsaac said outside a government run shop in Nova Scotia. "Teenage Tom Clarke is loving what I am doing with my life right now", the 43-year old said. She described the scene in line as 'super friendly, we sang, we laughed, I made friends'.

Could America be next?

Even if some U.S. states and localities, including the capital Washington, permit medical or recreational pot use, the CBP warned that the drug remains illegal under USA federal law, giving them the responsibility to fight its use and promotion.

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