Cannabis became legal in Canada the first second of Wednesday, October 17th.
News reports of line-ups at stores were common. As were stories of disappointed customers who soon discovered there wasn’t enough to go around!
Added to this, many provinces were unable to get their act together as to exactly how retail sales would be handled. Each province is in charge of their own particular laws regarding handling, sales, impairment and even legal age. This is just as it is with alcohol. Even in provinces which have a good idea what they are doing because of a long history of privatised alcohol sales, as in Alberta, approvals of stores has been slow. As of the end of October, it is estimated over 100 stores have yet to get licenses to operate and open.
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