Cannabis retailers still short of supply on second day of legal pot

The law is featured in a way according to the government to keep young people from using pot

The law is featured in a way according to the government to keep young people from using pot

As the high from Wednesday's historic cannabis legalization wears off, there are a few legal footnotes worth taking note of before lighting up again.

Legalization or not, the canadian authorities were keen to point out that lead by smoking cannabis remained illegal, and the police of Winnipeg (centre) has posted on Twitter a fine of 672 $ (448 euro) for the consumption of marijuana at the wheel of a vehicle.

CTVNews.ca has rounded up 10 actions that will still be considered crimes now that cannabis has been given the green light.

Topher Graham and Tristan Risk, who were buying pot at the stand, said they took the day off work to celebrate legalization.

The law legalizing marijuana use is federal, but each Canadian province and state can add laws on top of that. Well, until the retail locations to get access to cannabis are properly available, there will be some unlicensed retailers of cannabis who have been dealing in these years before since the law has been announced.

Other people have been shocked by the relatively high prices ranging from Can$5.25 (£3.09) per gram in Quebec to $18.99 (£11.16) per gram in Saskatchewan.

"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.

The offense is punishable by up to 14 years in prison. As of today, illegal operators face significant fines, and they will not be granted licenses to participate in the legal market.

Chief Constable Adam Palmer of the Vancouver Police Department, who is also the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, warned this week that defusing the black market would take years.

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The Cannabis Act came into effect on 17 October.

Police, meanwhile, are scrambling to prepare for a predicted uptick in drug-impaired driving. THC is the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis.

Cannabis use for medical purposes was also allowed in many European countries, including Portugal and the Netherlands, which concluded the criminalization of the drug.

Can people grow at home?

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. That means it is still illegal to bring marijuana purchased in Canada across the border into the United States. While weed will be legal on both sides of the border, Calais's port director with U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it will be business as usual.

That goes for the other direction too. Ron Wyden, a Democrat who represents OR, one of the legal marijuana states, called prohibition a "failed policy that wastes resources and destroys lives".

In this September 25, 2018 photo, marijuana plants are shown growing in a massive tomato greenhouse being renovated to grow pot in Delta, British Columbia, that is operated by Pure Sunfarms, a joint venture between tomato grower Village Farms International, and a licensed medical marijuana producer, Emerald Health Therapeutics.

But there has also been opposition to the change, including from health officials.

Those caught with a budding or flowering cannabis plant in their possession in public could be sentenced to up to five years in prison.

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