Midnight tokers rejoice - you can now buy cannabis legally in B.C.
Trudeau himself admitted in 2013 to having smoked pot five or six times in his life, including at a dinner party with friends after being elected to parliament.
Pot smoker Ian Power said: "I am going to frame it and hang it on my wall".
"Who else gets to be first to help ring in the end of prohibition?" A festive atmosphere broke out, with some customers lighting up on the sidewalk and motorists honking their horns in support as they drove by the crowd.
The briefing was part of a last political push by the government to answer outstanding questions about a major social, legal and policy shift that will see Canada become the first G7 country to legalize the use of recreational cannabis.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference call on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law and that those who are caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution.
He said he's excited for the stigma around cannabis use and the "stupid stoner" image to change, and for those historic changes to begin in Newfoundland.
"Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his youngest son, and weed has taken no one from me ever", he told ITV.
Where can I buy it?
Provincial cannabis regulations allow sales from 9 a.m.to 11 p.m. seven days a week, but the Kamloops store plans to open from 10 a.m.to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m.to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.to 6 p.m. on Sundays.
The waiting period and the cost of applying for a pardon, known as a record suspension, have proven hard for some people saddled with records.
A lack of Day 1 selection has been a concern for retailers across the country, even as relatively few brick-and-mortar stores will be open to kick off the new era. He made the first sale to his dad. "Teenage Tom is really happy", Clarke said. Let us know in the comments.
Back on Water Street, The Natural Vibe opened to slightly less fanfare than Tweed, but a line of customers still stretched down the street, with some saying waiting in line was "akin to Disney World".
Canadian lawmakers voted in June to approve legal recreational marijuana. That said, the federal government and provinces and territories share responsibility for its implementation.
Under the new law, Canadians can also order marijuana through the mail.
The prime minister repeated his oft-stated view that a regulated market for marijuana - a pillar of his 2015 election campaign - will keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian kids and combat the flourishing black market.
Health Canada is working on developing regulations on edibles within a year, Blair said, adding he would caution consumers about their use.