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Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace



Canada is now in the country with a national marijuana marketplace as sales started early Wednesday in Newfoundland.

Hours before a handful of retail outlets opened in the country's easternmost province a Federal official told The Associated Press that Canada wants all of this with convictions for the 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.

A formal announcement was planned for later Wednesday.

Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and prime minister Justin Trudeau's government has spent two so working on recreational marijuana.

Tom Clarke, to illegal pot dealer for three decades, what Cove, Newfoundland.

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Alberta and Quebec have set.

Canadians can order marijuana products through websites 19.

No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto.

Ryan Bose, 48, a Lyft driver in Toronto, said it's about time.

"Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his

A patchwork of regulations has spread throughout Canada as each province takes its own approach to the framework set out by the federal government.

Canada's national approach has allowed for industrialized banking, inter-provincial shipments of cannabis and dollars in investment – a sharp contrast with national prohibition in the United States.

Nine US states have legalized recreational use of pot, and more than 30 have approved medical marijuana. Ron Wyden of Oregon said it's time for.

Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon said it's time for the US government to follow Canada's lead.

"Now that our neighbor to the north is opening its legal cannabis market, the longer we delay, the longer we miss out on potentially significant economic opportunities for Oregon and other states across the country," he said said in a statement.

US Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under

As Canada welcomes legalization, supply shortages could develop, as happened in some of the United States. states when legalization has arrived.

Trevor Fencott, chief executive of Fire and Flower, has said he has 15 Alberta stores staffed and ready to sell marijuana, but the province has just come to an end.

In 24 months, "Fencott said.

Brenda Tobin and her son Trevor are planning to open their pot shop in Labrador City Newfoundland and Labrador at 4:20 pm Wednesday – 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. Tobin, a longtime convenience store owner, said they are "cutting off a ribbon and cake."

"We're just ecstatic," she said.

Newfoundland's not making much money off the pot itself 8 percent cap on retail pot profits. She hopes to make money from pipes, bongs and marijuana paraphernalia.

"There's no money in the product itself," she said. $ 20,000 That's not even paying anyone's salary. "

Gene Johnson reported from Seattle. Johnson is a member of AP's marijuana beat team. Follow him at https://twitter.com/GeneAPseattle. Find complete AP marijuana coverage at http://apnews.com/tag/LegalMarijuana


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