Thursday, October 18, 2018

95 years of cannabis prohibition over in Canada

The NSLC has sold marijuana to its very first customer | CBC News:

October 17, 2018 - "A Halifax massage therapist was the first person in Nova Scotia to legally buy recreational marijuana, picking up some rolling papers and pot at a Halifax store Wednesday morning as Canadians finally discovered what legalization looks like after 95 years of prohibition.

"Alicia Wright was handpicked by the Nova Scotia Liquor Corp. to be the first person to buy legal weed at the Clyde Street location before the official opening. She jumped the queue ahead of the handful of people lined up since around 7 a.m....

"NSLC stores selling marijuana opened at 10 a.m.... By 5 p.m., NSLC reported it sold $393,000 worth of cannabis....

"Musician Ashley MacIsaac lined up outside Cape Breton's only NSLC store selling pot starting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. He was joined by a Glace Bay man shortly after midnight and a few more people Wednesday morning.

"Shortly before 7 a.m., there were just a few people lined up waiting for the province's only cannabis exclusive NSLC location on Clyde Street. Joseph Brown was first in line.

"'I think it's ... a historical moment.... It's like a crack in ... the puritanical ideals of like the past ... [w]here ... you're going to tell an adult what they can and can't put in their body,' he said....

"As the sun rose at the Joseph Howe Drive location in Halifax, Daniel Moore and his friend were the first two people in line. 'I'm here for this historic day in Canada. It's very exciting,' he said....

"In Nova Scotia, legal cannabis can be purchased at 12 locations, or online through the NSLC's website using a cannabis card.... [U]nder provincial legislation, Nova Scotians aren't currently allowed to order recreational pot from online retailers out of province.

"The Liberal government first announced its marijuana legalization plan on April 20, 2016. The Senate passed the contentious legislation on June 19 to legalize cannabis Oct. 17, several months after the government's initial target date."

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