Cannabis legalization could result in more vehicle crashes

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

"We are working hard to get it up and running". In Alberta, a government website that sells pot crashed when too many people tried to place orders.

Canada became the largest country in the world Wednesday to legalize recreational marijuana nationwide, and there are new questions about the effects this will have on the United States.

Shopify is powering numerous provincial online stores and says it has recorded than 100 cannabis orders per minute.

"This is never actually going to be smoked".

"I have a feeling I'll be mildly overwhelmed because I'm going to want to look at everything, but I'm just excited to check it out", she said.

The co-owner is not concerned with getting shut down, noting paperwork has been filed with the province in a bid to open a legal cannabis shop while his current store continues operations.

The studies do, however, mention that the role of cannabis in these accidents isn't clear as drivers who test positive for drugs are often found with alcohol in their system as well.

Newfoundland and Labrador's unique position, with a time zone 30 minutes ahead of the rest of Atlantic Canada, made Tuesday night extra special for buyers like Power. Over 100 people braved the cold and wind in the provincial capital St. John's, lining up outside a Tweed-branded store owned by Canopy.

Newfoundland, being the furthest province to the east, was the first to make the historic sale.

"It's a special moment, not just for Canada, but for the world because my strong conviction is that the rest of the world will follow suit", said Battley, chief corporate officer at Aurora Cannabis. The government hopes this legislation will cut the $8 billion black market in half by the end of the first year.

"This is a marked day, but this has been a six- or seven-year build and a whole bunch of people who shouldn't be forgotten", Linton said. He was cheered by the crowd waiting in line.

Canada has posted signage at airports and boarder crossings to keep recreational cannabis users aware - crossing worldwide boarders with the drug is still very much illegal.

Provinces and territories are responsible for setting out numerous details for where cannabis can be bought and consumed within their jurisdictions.

And while many Canadians may be celebrating their ability to freely use the drug, the coming legalization had been a boon for producers operating in the country as their market values exploded amid increasing interest from investors. Country-wide legalization of the substance fulfills Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise from his 2015 campaign.

Sinclair said the product only stays on shelves for a matter of days or weeks before it's shipped to dispensaries or retailers across Canada.

Private retail pot stores are set to open in the province in April.

However, only cannabis purchased from officially recognised stores will be legal, while laws will differ across the country's 10 provinces and 3 territories.

What Canada's decision means for USA border states that have not legalised the drug remains to be seen. The products are displayed in plastic or cardboard packages behind counters.

To meet demand, hundreds of growers have been licensed, some taking over horticulture and floriculture greenhouses.

"I did not honestly expect to witness the legalisation of cannabis in my lifetime, and I am proud to be a Canadian as we take this monumental step towards providing access to cannabis", Toronto resident Katie, 27, told AFP.

"We need to remember that this is the start of something, not the end of something".

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