Although Uruguay started selling cannabis products a year ago under a 2013 law, Canada's foray is considered more significant because of its economic status and much larger population. In tune, Canada has been preparing for the move and sending out millions of flyers to residents speaking of the new marijuana laws and raising awareness on its use.
While the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency cannot legally prevent Americans from returning home, they can revoke NEXUS permits - which allow registered travelers to cross the border more quickly - from American citizens who admit to using marijuana in Canada.
"Consequently, crossing the border or arriving at a USA port of entry in violation of this law may result in denied admission, seizure, fines, and apprehension", the CBP statement said. The federal government will have to license more industrial growers to grow its new legal recreational market.
"We don't know for sure how long the closure is going to be", said store manager Vanessa Dandurand.
Others celebrated legalization by heading down to their local marijuana dispensaries, which ironically, are still technically illegal until they become officially licensed by the province.
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Experts like John-Kurt Pliniussen, a marketing professor at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, are also predicting a bump in tourism worth several billion dollars, citing as examples Amsterdam and a handful of USA states where pot is legal.
Marijuana possession first became a crime in Canada in 1923 but medical use has been legal since 2001. Trautman works in Whatcom County in Washington, which is adjacent to British Columbia.
"We'll leave it to the â¦ Ontario Cannabis Store to continue to put products out there that the people of Ontario are looking forward to purchasing", he said.
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At present, the legal sale of pot is limited to fresh buds, oil, plants and seeds.
"Marijuana remains a controlled substance under USA federal law and it remains illegal".
Cannabis products such as dried flower, pre-rolled joints and accessories are available for purchase online and in-store, but edibles won't be legal until sometime in 2019.
And depending on how numerous new licenses are approved, and how quickly, their new supply will help fill any cannabis shortages in the market, Anand said. "We are starting to look at USA companies that have good opportunities and trade at a discounted valuation". "If it's illegal, the cops would come shut us down".
"I came out tonight to be the first person in Canada to purchase the first legal gram of recreational cannabis, to help see the end of prohibition in Canada finally", Power said.
A patchwork of regulations has spread in Canada as each province takes its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government. "It is time for Congress to step up and take similar action to harmonize our nation's state and federal marijuana policies".
"The last time Canada was this far ahead in anything, Alexander Graham Bell made a phone call", said Mr Linton, whose company recently received an investment of $4 billion from Constellation Brands, whose holdings include Corona beer and Robert Mondavi wines.
"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.