Activists Complain About Canada’s New Marijuana Law
A long-time marijuana advocate says the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada is a remarkable step forward, but many flaws remain in the law.
Dana Larsen is the founding member of the Marijuana Party of Canada and the BC Marijuana Party. He says it is not the end of marijuana activists in Canada.
Mr. Larsen says both Quebec and Manitoba ban home cultivation of marijuana. In British Columbia, people can face a $5,000 fine and a possible three months in jail if the 4 cannabis plants they are allowed to grow can be seen from the street.
He also says some condominiums that previously allowed tobacco are now banning all smoking just to avoid cannabis use in the building.
Big crowds lined up at 17 licensed marijuana stores in Alberta for the start of legal sales.
US officials say the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada has not prompted any changes in the flow of traffic at US-Canada border crossings.
An official with the US Customs and Border Protection Agency told reporters in Detroit Wednesday that US officials do not anticipate asking Canadians crossing into the US routine questions about their marijuana use.
He says Canadians caught bringing pot into the country risk having it confiscated and could face fines.
Sales figures on the 1st morning under Canada’s new legalized pot regime suggest there is considerable demand for cannabis products across the country.
Shopify is powering many of the provincial online stores and says it has recorded than 100 marijuana orders per minute.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government’s new pardon laws for simple pot possession will be of particular benefit to young minority people.
PM Trudeau says people in those demographics were disproportionately affected by marijuana possession convictions, and that the new rules should remove a barrier for them.
There will be no fees involved. His government will introduce legislation to let people apply for a pardon of small-scale marijuana possession convictions as long as they’ve finished their sentence.
Those convicted of possessing of 30 grams or less of marijuana would be eligible for a pardon. The governing Liberal Party holds a majority in Parliament, so passage is largely assured.
PM Trudeau also says he has no intention of using marijuana now that it became legal in Canada Wednesday.