As a Canadian person, I can confidently assure outsiders who look upon Canada as this always-smiling apologetic utopia. It’s cold for about 11 months of the year. Near every pond lurks a pack of Canada Geese that will either try to bite you or will laugh as you slip on their poo.
But at least we can now legally smoke all our problems away, because today marks the first day that cannabis is 100% legal in Canada.
There were a couple times parliament tried to pass decriminalisation bills, but they didn’t take until 2017, when the Cannabis Act was passed.
The bill officially went into effect today, thus making Canada the second country in the world, behind Uruguay, to legalise it for recreation, medical use, and cultivation.
CBC notes that the rules will vary from province to province. All but two provinces require you to be 19 years old (Alberta and Quebec are going with 18). You can smoke at home and in public (depending on the city), and bring 30 grams of weed on a plane, but you can’t get high and get behind the wheel of a car.
You can also buy weed online and have it shipped to your house.
Forget what I said about the geese, this country is obviously great. But you can’t sell it, you have to buy it from the government or an approved source.
Canada is also considering releasing people in jail for weed-related offences.
On the other hand, stoners started to line up at 3:30 am in front of our government-run legal pot shops here in Montreal.
I don’t smoke, but will always support its legalisation, so blaze it bitches!
Happy Legalisation day to all my fellow Canadians!