Canadians haven’t been allowed to legally tender money for marijuana since 1924, but that’s all about to change. A lucky toker in Newfoundland or Labrador will have the honor of buying that country’s first legal recreational pot product in almost 100 years, and he or she will more than likely make that transaction online, a technology that wasn’t even imaginable at the time the bud band was brandished on the country.
Recreational pot becomes legal across Canada at midnight on October 17th, meaning that due to its position in the East of the country, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador will be able to access to the drug when the clock strikes 12 a.m. Newfoundland Standard Time. As with any change to federal law, the new law takes effect at midnight in each time zone, as opposed to at one moment nationwide, according to Canada’s justice department. This means that in reality, legalization will roll out over the course of five and a half hours from coast to coast.
Newfoundland is set to enforce reasonably prohibitive laws surrounding public consumption at the very same time that the drug is to become legal, stating that pot users are not to use cannabis in a public place. And while the province has 23 cannabis dispensaries, it is unclear whether they will be selling recreational product at midnight on the 17th, although the Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Board is well-aware of the opportunity that lies in front of them as the first province selling legal recreational pot.
The government of that province signed a deal with Canopy Growth in December of last year to secure “safe and secure supply” of cannabis come October 17th.
P.E.I. and New Brunswick will be the next to open their marijuana markets, and while they will have legislation to Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia has decided for much greater allowance of public weed consumption. The province’s Smoke-Free Act, however, covers a wide swath of public places where the weed won’t be allowed, to include art galleries, museums, libraries, as well as church halls or laundromats.
It follows that Quebec and most of Ontario will see legal marijuana in their provinces an hour after the east coast, followed by Saskatchewan and Manitoba in another hour, Alberta another hour later, and last but not least, British Columbia and the Yukon will be the last to light up legally.