Canada to pardon pot possession as it legalizes marijuana

Packaging for a recreational cannabis product is shown at Canopy Growth Corporation's Tweed headquarters in Smiths Falls Ont. on Friday Oct. 12 2018. Canopy Growth Corp. has signed a deal to acquire Ebbu Inc. a Colorado-based hemp researcher

Now, more than 30 states have OK'd the medical use of marijuana, and nine have approved recreational use by adults.

Employers are developing policies to govern cannabis use in the workplace, but some have made headlines for being quite restrictive.

Then there's the patchwork of regulations imposed by provinces and municipalities, with varying rules governing such things as how old a person must be to legally purchase and consume cannabis, how much can be grown at home, if any, and whether it can be consumed in public places.

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Even though some USA states and localities, including the capital Washington, permit medical or recreational pot use, the CBP warned that the drug remains illegal under U.S. federal law, giving them the responsibility to fight its use and promotion.

Under Ontario's rules, the province's 444 municipalities have until January 22 to say yes or no to private bricks-and-mortar cannabis stores.

"Federal law supersedes state law", he said. But most of the businesses, including three of the pot shops still operating, reopened within days.

"Every store that's been open illegally has been asked to close its doors", Jones said, adding the city won't accept applications from such stores still in operation.

"They stayed up all night working to fulfil the orders and I'm very, very proud of them", he said of those working on the web sales.

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To meet demand, hundreds of growers have been licensed, some taking over horticulture and floriculture greenhouses. And relations with its southern neighbor will also put a damper on the party: USA border officials can bar from entry Canadians who admit to having used marijuana or whom might be traveling on marijuana-related business.

The closed Herbal Health Centre and the Greenhouse Compassion Society are within the proper zoning to open legal stores.

"We hope that the most immediate impact of Canadian legalization is that it galvanizes supporters of ending prohibition in the USA and convinces members of the industry here to increase their efforts in support of reform", Morgan Fox, media relations director for the National Cannabis Industry Association, told 420 Intel in an email. The live feed from the OPP was a palpable reminder that, although they don't yet have a device that can measure cannabis impairment with the accuracy of an alcohol breathalyzer, the force has spent months undergoing upgraded training to detect impairment of any sort, including driving under the influence of cannabis. "Their product is showcased in the store, they're here to support growth".

"This is disgusting, and more and more of this, over again, from people who haven't bothered to do 20 honest hours of research", he said.

Bill Blair, a former Toronto police chief who is Trudeau's pointman for legalisation, remains optimistic, as a leaked memo said it could take four years to displace the black market.

"We want to make sure that people use responsibility, that they know the potential harms, but also that they know what kind of experience they're looking for and what strains might help them meet that experience", Zanocco said.

The most popular product so far seems to be Redecan's Cold Creek Kush, which is branded as a high THC weed with a dank flavour, meaning it can get you super high, is now completely sold out.

All the remaining product had been removed as of Wednesday, when Kreutz was at the store dealing with a flooding issue.



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