Canadian Marijuana Stores Face Shortage Supply After Legalisation

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Pot is legal for medical purposes in 31 states. Some media outlets, including Vice, called legalization day "Hash Wednesday".

US residents are free to consume cannabis in Canada, but they should leave it behind when returning home, says Erik Altieri, the executive director of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws (NORML).

American TV news trucks, such as NBC, were spotted at a pot shop where long lineups were forming in Montreal.

Canada has legalised recreational cannabis today (17 October) making it the second country after Uruguay, which passed legislation in 2013, to impose such a measure.

He has also said that his late brother Michel was facing marijuana possession charges for a "tiny amount" of pot before his death in an avalanche in 1998, and that this influenced his decision to propose legalising cannabis.

In Canada's most populated province, Ontario, some 38,000 orders for marijuana - worth about US$574,800 - were registered in the first few hours Wednesday.

"There will not be 100,000 police officers landing in the city of Toronto shutting down every element of a dispensary, but we will be shutting them down", Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders told the Canadian Press.

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Illegal marijuana cafes and lounges have thrived for years in Canadian cities like Vancouver, Toronto and Windsor, Ontario, however these establishments are the exact kind of places legalisation is created to bring down.

Cannabis will now be sold in stores and ordered online, with the drugs posted to customers' homes. The nation's most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores to operate until spring. Last year, Canadians spent $4.4 billion on marijuana, according to the census agency Statistics Canada, with the vast majority of that going into the black market.

The Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) said, "The legalization by Canada of cannabis for non-medical purposes is incompatible with the legal obligations incumbent on states parties under the international drug control framework".

The federal government set the minimum legal age for consumption at 18, but most provinces and territories have raised it to 19, except Quebec and Alberta. "Prohibition has ended right now, we made history", Power said.

Still, most of the sector remained lower as Canadians waited on lines for legal weed, with some complaining about the high prices. People do not have to be Canadian citizens to buy or possess it, so cannabis tourism is allowed.

For example, if someone purchases pot from an unlicensed seller, they would be in possession of illegal cannabis.

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