Historic midnight legal cannabis purchases usher in new era for Canada

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On Wednesday, Canada becomes the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace. If a buyer accepting a package containing cannabis appears to be younger than 25, the Canada Post delivery person may ask for identification to verify the age.

"Now that our neighbour 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", he said in a statement. "We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children", Mr Trudeau said.

Uruguay was first was the first country to legalize marijuana. According to the federal government, there could be as many as 300 storefronts across Canada selling cannabis by year's end.

Under the new regulations, Canadians at least 18 or 19 years old (soon to be 21 in Quebec) will be allowed to buy up to 30 grams of cannabis, and grow up to four plants at home.

The Liberals have been working closely with provinces and territories to strike the right balance on regulations to undercut the illegal market, Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair said Tuesday.

Ian Power became one of the first people in Canada in almost a century to own a gram of legal recreational cannabis. "We don't have extra patrols on, but we are anticipating that if something does happen we do have plans to respond to it, but at this time we don't believe there will be much different than there is today".

Individuals are eligible to apply for a pardon through the Parole Board of Canada five years after the conviction is handed down. Around 4.9 million already smoke.

In a report from the Toronto Star's Ottawa Bureau Bruce Campion-Smith writes that the federal government will announce Wednesday that it intends to "move quickly to grant pardons to Canadians with past criminal convictions for simple possession of pot under 30 grams".

Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001, and amid excitement over the arrival of legal recreational pot, many in the industry spent the last days of prohibition on tasks familiar to any retail business - completing displays, holding mock openings and training employees to use sales-tracking software.

The reform will be scrutinised by Canadians ahead of the next election in 2019.

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