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Cannabis celebrations

People smoke cannabis on the street in Toronto on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.
Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday in Newfoundland.
(Photo from Chris Young, The Canadian Press)

Photos: Canadians celebrate pot legalization by lighting up

They were elated, thrilled, ecstatic, overjoyed… and some just wanted to chill.

On Wednesday, some Canadians waited in massive lines to buy their first legal grams of cannabis. Plenty were also keen to celebrate by legally smoking weed in public for the first time — something that’s still illegal in some parts of the country.

Of course, plenty of people, such as those in Ontario, blazed without standing in line first. The province is beginning its pot rollout with online sales and moving to private retail stores in April 2019 at the earliest.

There were plenty of events, both planned and impromptu. Toronto potheads lit up in Trinity Bellwoods Park, University of British Columbia students poured onto a hill beside a student centre to partake, and some immediately got high right outside cannabis stores.

Here’s a look at how some folks spent their first day using cannabis legally.