Cannabis in Canada: Shortages, fines and Girl Guide cookies

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"The change in legislation on the Canadian side is not going to affect the way that we enforce the USA federal laws", said Corey McPhee. That offers other countries a model somewhere between the more strictly regulated system in Uruguay, the only other country with legal sales, and the more commercial version in some of the nine USA states that have approved recreational marijuana. Other than Uruguay, it's the first nation to make recreational cannabis use legal.

Most consumers were exuberant about the end of prohibition, but a few expressed disappointment over not being able to buy cannabis on the first day.

Steven Hoffman, the chairman of the state's Cannabis Control Commission said yesterday that he was aware of the deals but he noted, "If somebody has a change of ownership, they have to notify us and we have to approve that change or they can lose their license".

A spokesperson for the Ontario Cannabis Store told CP24 Thursday that they are happy with how the site is performing and called the delay an "unfortunately side effect" of the high number of orders they have been processing. "All the years of activism paid off. Cannabis is legal in Canada and everyone should come to Canada and enjoy our cannabis".

In Alberta, where private retailers handle in-store sales, the government-run website processed 8,300 orders as of 3:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday, worth approximately $730,000, a spokeswoman for the province's gaming, liquor and cannabis commission. Hundreds later lined up.

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Still, the country-wide supply crunch continued to make it hard for cannabis retailers to meet existing demand.

The statement added that short-term supply shortages are expected due to 'the craze surrounding legalization of cannabis and the scarcity of product across Canada'.

Even Canada's smallest provinces on the Atlantic coast, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island, posted huge figures of US$505,824 and US$116492 in sales, respectively. Philip's after completely selling out of product Wednesday.

"As a result of federal legislation, recreational cannabis became legal in the province of Ontario and across Canada today".

Festivities erupted throughout the nation as Canada became the largest country on the planet with legal marijuana sales.

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Farnworth said new supplies will arrive as other strains of pot sell out.

"We don't want young people to feel stigmatized, for example, if they don't use cannabis, and, as we have seen with alcohol, there can be a lot of social pressure", Fallu said. "We're not known as wild and insane".

Nine states in the United States and the District of Columbia now allow recreational marijuana use. A beer and spirits company has invested $4 billion in Canopy Growth Corp., one of Canada's largest marijuana companies, The Journal reported. As the federal government works out the finer details on regulating the production and sale of food items containing cannabis, pot brownie lovers will just have to settle for baking their own at home.

"There is mega demand..." That means that an 18 year old who passes a joint to their 17-year-old friend at a party could still be charged with distributing marijuana to a minor.

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