A man holds marijuana in Vancouver on Oct. 17, 2018, which is the day cannabis became legal for recreational use in Canada. Transport Canada now allows Canadians to travel with up to 30 grams of marijuana on domestic flights. Canada has legalized cannabis, but confusion over the laws beyond our land could be a buzzkill.
The highly anticipated start to the legalization of recreational cannabis has come and gone but as Canada continues to work through buying, selling and consumption across the country, here’s what you need to know about the first week of cannabis legalization. Legalization day started with the first sale made in St. John’s by Ian Power and Nikki Rose, who lined up at 8:00 p.m. in anticipation of the Tweed store’s opening at midnight on October 17. Meanwhile, Ontarians were ordering products online through the government-run website OCS.ca, the only way to legally purchase cannabis products in the province, at this point. Zach Johns is the first person in the province to receive an order from the Ontario Cannabis Store: two products at one gram each, received on October 18.
Yahoo Canada caught up with visitors and residents of Toronto, Ontario to get a sense of how they feel mass cannabis legalization will impact the country.
Police in Canada have something new to add to the arsenal of tools they can use to test drivers for intoxication, and it has criminal defense lawyers across the country talking. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould approved the Draeger DrugTest 5000 on Aug. 27, making it the only saliva screening device currently available to law enforcement for testing for THC, the psychoactive component of marijuana. While marijuana is now legal across the country, the federal government has set the legal limit for drivers at two nanograms of THC per millilitre of blood.