Cannabis Legalization Day in Canada: Leafly’s Live Coverage

Cannabis Legalization Day in Canada: Leafly’s Live Coverage

October 17 marks a profound historical moment: Canada legalizes cannabis.

As the first G-7 nation to federally legalize, Canada enhances its reputation as a global leader in health, justice, and common sense. After Oct. 17, the sky-will-fall fears about legalization, which began to dissipate with state legalization in the US, will finally and conclusively dissolve.

Leafly’s correspondents will file reports from provinces east-to-west over the 24 hour period that is Legalization Day.

Newfoundland kicks things off in St. John’s at 12:01 a.m. local time, and British Columbia caps the day with parties that will mellow into the night in Vancouver and Victoria.


Wednesday, Oct. 17

Friendly Stranger Wakes and Bakes

TORONTO–The iconic head shop on Queen Street West hosted a wake and bake in the parking lot behind their neighbour Hot Black Coffee, to celebrate the end of prohibition. Complete with free breakfast burritos, hot coffee, campfire s’mores, live glass blowing, painting and jewelry engraving, the event was a low-key and family friendly. Most people were more interested in the free breakfast sandwiches than the wake and bake itself, but there were a couple joints in rotation–which captured the attention of the media there.

The Friendly Stranger opened in 1994 and has been at forefront of the fight to decriminalize cannabis ever since. Every Toronto pot enthusiast can tell you a story about their first time at The Friendly Stranger, and with the shop teasing a big announcement at 4:20 that they say will “shock the retail environment” it looks like new memories are on the way!

Sarah Hanlon

Brian Mulroney Dives Into the Business

NEW YORK—Former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney is joining the board of directors of an American cannabis company.

Ex-PM Mulroney: I’m in.

Acreage Holdings, one of the largest vertically integrated cannabis companies in the U.S., says Mulroney will officially become a board member in November, when the company will list on the Canadian Securities Exchange.

Mulroney, who served as prime minister 1984 to 1993, will join other prominent former U.S. politicians in the board of Acreage, including former House of Representatives speaker John Boehner, and former Massachusetts governor William Weld.

The news comes on the day when recreational cannabis becomes legal in Canada.

In a statement released by the New York-based company, Mulroney says he is pleased that Canada has taken a leadership role in the field in North America, adding that he’s “encouraged about the prospects of what the end of prohibition” will mean for the country.

Mulroney’s daughter, Caroline Mulroney, is the attorney general of Ontario and has been overseeing the legalization of marijuana in the province.

Canadian Press

Good Morning, Canada! Welcome to the Legal Age

Canadians across the country woke up to legalized recreational cannabis this morning, but some hardy Newfoundlanders stayed up late Tuesday to witness a moment in national history.

“I’m having a plaque made with the date and time and everything,” Ian Power, who was first in line outside a St. John’s cannabis shop that opened at 12 a.m. local time, said after his purchase.

“This is never actually going to be smoked. I’m going to keep it forever.”

MacIsaac: First in line.

Across the country, recreational cannabis can now be purchased legally, with stores opening to excited customers for the first time this morning, and many more people ordering online.

There were early lineups outside stores in Nova Scotia, next in line as legalization worked its way across the country’s time zones.

Among those waiting outside a Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation outlet selling cannabis in Sydney River, N.S., was fiddler and pop star Ashley MacIsaac.

“I don’t need to be a criminal anymore, and that’s a great feeling,” said MacIsaac, who in 2001 had been arrested for possession in Saskatchewan. “And my new dealer is the prime minister!”

Canadian Press

Toronto Goes Legal to Lit Joints, Arcade Fire

(Jesse Miln for Leafly)

TORONTO—Confetti and a massive ceremonial cannabis bud dropped from the sky into a celebratory crowd at Leafly’s Bud Drop, a capacity party at Toronto’s Mod Club, at midnight Eastern time, marking the beginning of the legal era in Canada’s cultural capital.

Onstage, the band Dwayne Gretzky jammed on a hometown version of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” and the air quickly filled with the sweet smell of combusting cannabis.

More to come in a minute. I’m in the middle of the party and it’s really hard to type.

Bruce Barcott

The Online Ontario Cannabis Store Is Open for Business

ONTARIO—Online sales commenced at the stroke of midnight as the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) website went live. The digital store is the sole source of legal cannabis in Ontario until physical retail stores open in April 2019.

The opening day selection includes a variety of cannabis products including flower, pre-rolls, oils, and capsules alongside a range of ancillary items and accessories.

The online reaction to the digital retail experience has been mixed. While some are still soaking in the significance of purchasing cannabis from the government, other consumers are reporting issues with processing payments or have been swift with criticisms of the site design, selections, and prices.

Leafly Staff

RELATED STORY

Canada Cuts Ribbon on World’s Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace

The Celebration Will be Tweeted

As Canada stayed up late celebrating its newfound freedom, residents of the True North took to Twitter to express themselves.

Canadian Cannabis Sales Kick Off in Newfoundland

newfoundland legal cannabis st. johnsDon Clarke, left, was the first person to buy legal cannabis from THC Distribution owner Thomas Clarke—who happens to be his son. (Karen Silver for Leafly)

PORTUGAL COVE, NL—After waiting in a line that stretched into the dark, some of the first people ever to buy legal adult-use cannabis in Canada filtered into THC Distribution in Portugal Cove, NL, not far outside the provincial capital of St. Johns.

Operator Thomas Clarke—whose initials are, appropriately, THC—opened the doors just after midnight. His first customer? His father, Don Clark.

“This should have happened 50 years ago, but it’s happening,” said the elder Clarke, who said he’s been a recreational cannabis smoker for decades.

The island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador has its own timezone, one that’s a half-hour earlier than Atlantic Standard Time. Because of this technicality, the province is now the first in Canada to be able to legally sell recreational cannabis. On Oct. 17 only, stores were able to open at the special time of 12:01 a.m. They’ll need to close again at 2 a.m. before they can reopen at the normal opening time of 9 a.m.

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Thomas Clarke also started a clothing line, and told Lisa Neary, a town councilmember who dropped by to see the shop’s opening, that $5 from every t-shirt purchase will be donated to help community members addicted to opioids.

Clarke has been a longtime advocate for cannabis reform, he said. “I fought for mom-and-pop shops to have the right to sell, and to give back to our communities, and to contribute to the economy,” he said. “I advocated behind the cause for two years, and here we are. I’m so proud here tonight.”

—Karen Silver

Customers wait in line outside of THC Distribution in Portugal Cove, NL. (Karen Silver for Leafly)

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Dear CBC: These Things Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

I love me some CBC. But when it comes to cannabis they can get it just as wrong as the New York Times (and the Times is notoriously…spotty on the subject). Last night, on the eve of Legalization Day, the sharp eye of Nick Flood caught and screenshot this laugher:

Well, maybe not a laugher so much as a terrible disservice. Let me just say:

NONE OF THIS IS TRUE.

It’s so, so wrong. Let me count the ways.

  • Indica strains are not necessarily higher in CBD. They can vary in THC:CBD ratios, as can sativas and hybrids.
  • CBD doesn’t “block” the effects of THC. CBD can act as a kind of light brake on the more intoxicating effects of THC, and on some of the negative effects like anxiety. But CBD doesn’t cancel out the vote of THC. If you have a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio, that does not mean the effects will be neutral.
  • Sativa and Indica are strains of the species Cannabis sativa. They are not separate species.
  • Sativa strains do not by definition contain more THC than Indica strains.
  • “Sativa L” is not hemp. Hemp is any Cannabis sativa plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. Leafly employs an entire team of cannabis experts, and they have no idea what “Sativa L” is.
  • “THC is a cannabinoid that produces a high.” This, actually, is correct.

We have resources available, CBC. Here are Leafly articles on CBD/THC; the difference between sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains; and a starter kit on hemp.

Bruce Barcott

So What Happens to Dispensaries?

TORONTO—There are dozens if not hundreds of storefront medical marijuana dispensaries around the greater Toronto area. What happens to them on Oct. 17, when legalization kicks in?

They will go away. Most of them, anyway.

Nobody home on Queen St.

“Anyone operating a storefront after Oct. 17 is doing so illegally,” the Ontario Attorney General’s office said on Monday. Dispensary owners who continue to operate past tomorrow risk losing their chance to apply for a license to re-open as a legal retail cannabis store. Currently, Ontario will offer online cannabis sales only, starting Oct. 17. But the province plans to issue licenses to privately owned brick-and-mortar shops later next year.

Toronto Police have always considered the dispensaries to be illegal (and often raided them to press the point), but their legal status remained murky due to prior case law and issues of patient access. Health Canada runs the LP program, in which patients sign up with a licensed producer and receive their medicine in the mail. The national health agency does not license any storefront dispensaries.

Health Canada’s medical cannabis program, by the way, remains the same after Oct. 17.

Those warnings seemed to be playing out on the streets of Toronto today. Earlier this afternoon, a half-dozen individual patients attempted to enter the Broadview Dispensary, on Queen Street not far from Leafly’s Toronto offices. Each buzzed the front box to be let in, but none received an answer or an open door. Eventually they each walked away.

There was no sign explaining why the doors remained closed.

—Bruce Barcott

Pop-up Events Popping in Toronto

Legalization Day parties are happening in Toronto, Ottawa, St. John’s, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and countless other cities tonight and tomorrow.

Some of the hottest events in Toronto include:

RELATED STORY

Celebrate Legalization in Canada With Leafly

Leafly’s Bud Drop. Oct. 16. Legalization kickoff at the Mod Club, Toronto, featuring Dwayne Gretzky. Sold out, sorry, no tickets, even our editors can’t get their friends in. Seriously.

Seth Rogen should come as himself.

The Great Canadian $25,000 Cannabis Scavenger Hunt. Oct. 16. A street team put up these posters (left) all over downtown Toronto last night. Local shop Cannabis and Coffee is attempting a Guinness World Record in several cannabis categories with a cannabis themed scavenger hunt. I think you’re supposed to dress in Halloween costume as your favorite 420-friendly celebrity. Register on their website to participate.

Live Your Latitude: A Candid Cannabis Conversation. Oct. 16. Six women share their cannabis stories and answer questions in a panel moderated by 48Nrth CEO Alison Gordon and Model/DJ and cannabis advocate Chelsea Leyland. The Drake Hotel Lounge, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Canada’s Legalization Party. Oct. 16. Billed as a “dress to impress” legalization party for professionals, this event by the Entrepreneurship Society and cannabis brand Fireside will include free giveaways, cannabis cooking tips, and a live DJ set—including bottle service. Swank. Things kick off at Love Child Social House at 6 p.m. and the music turns up around 9 p.m., according to the event’s Facebook page.

—Leafly Staff

Past Cannabis Conviction? Answers Coming Soon

The point person for the Canadian government’s legalization of pot says Canadians will know soon what will happen with previous criminal convictions for cannabis possession.

Just hours before recreational marijuana becomes legal Wednesday, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said answers will be forthcoming shortly that will help Canadian understand the appropriate way those criminal records will be addressed.

The former Toronto police chief says the issue could not be dealt with until the law was changed.

—Associated Press

Territories to Let Towns Block Cannabis Sales

Northern communities will be allowed to prevent retail cannabis stores from opening even after the drug becomes legal on Wednesday. Legislation in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon gives towns the option of voting to block cannabis stores within their boundaries.

Canadian Press

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Quebec Cannabis Stores Ramping Up Customer Experience

MONTREAL—When Quebec’s state-run cannabis outlets open Wednesday morning, they will offer some 110 products, from containers of pre-rolled Tsunami brand joints to small vials of cannabis oil.

But in a set-up closer to a pharmacy than a wine boutique, customers will have to wait to be served by a clerk who keeps products behind a counter. And they will not be allowed into the shop until they pass an ID check to prove they are of legal age.

Media were invited Tuesday to tour a Montreal outlet of the Quebec Cannabis Corp., the subsidiary of the provincial liquor corporation that has exclusive control over sales in the province.

From the outside, the only indication of what is for sale is a discreet Quebec Cannabis Corp. logo.

In a statement, the Quebec Cannabis Corp. said the stores reflect its mission “to make all the information accessible without encouraging consumption.”

Quebec has priced products starting at $5.25 a gram, taxes included. In addition to the 12 stores opening across the province, the corporation will begin offering online sales Wednesday. Deliveries will be made by Canada Post, which will be instructed to verify the age of recipients.

Canadian Press

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Be Careful at the Border, US Officials Warn

US Customs and Border Protection is reiterating that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law.

Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen of the US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations said it’s still viewed as illegal and possession of it at the border is subject to arrest and prosecution.

Owen says admittance of past marijuana use could make a Canadian inadmissible. He also says a foreign national refusing to answer may make that person inadmissible.

—Associated Press

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NHL to Maintain League’s Lenient Approach

Canada on Wednesday will become the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. That means it will be available under the law in seven more NHL cities (it’s been legal to adults in Denver since 2012). The move is a step forward for athletes who believe marijuana has been stigmatized and should be accepted as a form of treatment.

“It was so tainted for a long time,” Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene said. “And now people are starting to learn a little bit more about it and there is definitely some positive uses to different elements of it.”

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association plan no changes to their joint drug-testing policy, under which players are not punished for positive marijuana tests. It is the most lenient approach to cannabis by any major North American professional sports league.

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How Cannabis Helped NHL Enforcer Riley Cote Survive His Hockey Career

“The Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Program for decades has been educating players on using drugs, legal or illegal,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “That process will continue and we will consider what changes, if any, in our program have to be made. But right now, we think based on the educational level and what we do test for and how we test, at least for the time being, we’re comfortable with where we are.”

While the NFL and NBA can suspend and MLB can fine players for multiple marijuana infractions, only a significantly high amount of the drug found in NHL/NHLPA testing triggers a referral to behavioral health program doctors. Retired pro Riley Cote estimated about half of players during his NHL career from 2007-2010 used some sort of cannabis for medicinal purposes, though players suggest use in hockey currently is lower than the population at large.

—Associated Press

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Friendly Stranger Wakes and Bakes

TORONTO–The iconic head shop on Queen Street West hosted a wake and bake in the parking lot behind their neighbour Hot Black Coffee, to celebrate the end of prohibition. Complete with free breakfast burritos, hot coffee, campfire s’mores, live glass blowing, painting and jewelry engraving, the event was a low-key and family friendly. Most people were more interested in the free breakfast sandwiches than the wake and bake itself, but there were a couple joints in rotation–which captured the attention of the media there.

The Friendly Stranger opened in 1994 and has been at forefront of the fight to decriminalize cannabis ever since. Every Toronto pot enthusiast can tell you a story about their first time at The Friendly Stranger, and with the shop teasing a big announcement at 4:20 that they say will “shock the retail environment” it looks like new memories are on the way!

Sarah Hanlon

Toronto Goes Legal to Lit Joints, Arcade Fire

(Jesse Miln for Leafly)

TORONTO—Confetti and a massive ceremonial cannabis bud dropped from the sky into a celebratory crowd at Leafly’s Bud Drop, a capacity party at Toronto’s Mod Club, at midnight Eastern time, marking the beginning of the legal era in Canada’s cultural capital.

Onstage, the band Dwayne Gretzky jammed on a hometown version of Arcade Fire’s “Wake Up,” and the air quickly filled with the sweet smell of combusting cannabis.

More to come in a minute. I’m in the middle of the party and it’s really hard to type.

Bruce Barcott

The Ontario Cannabis Store Is Open for Business

ONTARIO—Online sales commenced at the stroke of midnight as the Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) website went live. The digital store is the sole source of legal cannabis in Ontario until physical retail stores open in April 2019.

The opening day selection includes a variety of cannabis products including flower, pre-rolls, oils, and capsules alongside a range of ancillary items and accessories.

The online reaction to the digital retail experience has been mixed. While some are still soaking in the significance of purchasing cannabis from the government, other consumers are reporting issues with processing payments or have been swift with criticisms of the site design, selections, and prices.

Leafly Staff

RELATED STORY

Canada Cuts Ribbon on World’s Largest Legal Marijuana Marketplace

The Celebration Will be Tweeted

As Canada stayed up late celebrating its newfound freedom, residents of the True North took to Twitter to express themselves.

Canadian Cannabis Sales Kick Off in Newfoundland

newfoundland legal cannabis st. johnsDon Clarke, left, was the first person to buy legal cannabis from THC Distribution owner Thomas Clarke—who happens to be his son. (Karen Silver for Leafly)

PORTUGAL COVE, NL—After waiting in a line that stretched into the dark, some of the first people ever to buy legal adult-use cannabis in Canada filtered into THC Distribution in Portugal Cove, NL, not far outside the provincial capital of St. Johns.

Operator Thomas Clarke—whose initials are, appropriately, THC—opened the doors just after midnight. His first customer? His father, Don Clark.

“This should have happened 50 years ago, but it’s happening,” said the elder Clarke, who said he’s been a recreational cannabis smoker for decades.

The island portion of Newfoundland and Labrador has its own timezone, one that’s a half-hour earlier than Atlantic Standard Time. Because of this technicality, the province is now the first in Canada to be able to legally sell recreational cannabis. On Oct. 17 only, stores were able to open at the special time of 12:01 a.m. They’ll need to close again at 2 a.m. before they can reopen at the normal opening time of 9 a.m.

RELATED STORY

Legal Cannabis in Newfoundland and Labrador: What You Should Know

Thomas Clarke also started a clothing line, and told Lisa Neary, a town councilmember who dropped by to see the shop’s opening, that $5 from every t-shirt purchase will be donated to help community members addicted to opioids.

Clarke has been a longtime advocate for cannabis reform, he said. “I fought for mom-and-pop shops to have the right to sell, and to give back to our communities, and to contribute to the economy,” he said. “I advocated behind the cause for two years, and here we are. I’m so proud here tonight.”

—Karen Silver

Customers wait in line outside of THC Distribution in Portugal Cove, NL. (Karen Silver for Leafly)

Tuesday, Oct. 16

Dear CBC: These Things Don’t Mean What You Think They Mean

I love me some CBC. But when it comes to cannabis they can get it just as wrong as the New York Times (and the Times is notoriously…spotty on the subject). Last night, on the eve of Legalization Day, the sharp eye of Nick Flood caught and screenshot this laugher:

Well, maybe not a laugher so much as a terrible disservice. Let me just say:

NONE OF THIS IS TRUE.

It’s so, so wrong. Let me count the ways.

  • Indica strains are not necessarily higher in CBD. They can vary in THC:CBD ratios, as can sativas and hybrids.
  • CBD doesn’t “block” the effects of THC. CBD can act as a kind of light brake on the more intoxicating effects of THC, and on some of the negative effects like anxiety. But CBD doesn’t cancel out the vote of THC. If you have a 1:1 THC:CBD ratio, that does not mean the effects will be neutral.
  • Sativa and Indica are strains of the species Cannabis sativa. They are not separate species.
  • Sativa strains do not by definition contain more THC than Indica strains.
  • “Sativa L” is not hemp. Hemp is any Cannabis sativa plant that contains less than 0.3% THC. Leafly employs an entire team of cannabis experts, and they have no idea what “Sativa L” is.
  • “THC is a cannabinoid that produces a high.” This, actually, is correct.

We have resources available, CBC. Here are Leafly articles on CBD/THC; the difference between sativa, Indica, and hybrid strains; and a starter kit on hemp.

Bruce Barcott

So What Happens to Dispensaries?

TORONTO—There are dozens if not hundreds of storefront medical marijuana dispensaries around the greater Toronto area. What happens to them on Oct. 17, when legalization kicks in?

They will go away. Most of them, anyway.

Nobody home on Queen St.

“Anyone operating a storefront after Oct. 17 is doing so illegally,” the Ontario Attorney General’s office said on Monday. Dispensary owners who continue to operate past tomorrow risk losing their chance to apply for a license to re-open as a legal retail cannabis store. Currently, Ontario will offer online cannabis sales only, starting Oct. 17. But the province plans to issue licenses to privately owned brick-and-mortar shops later next year.

Toronto Police have always considered the dispensaries to be illegal (and often raided them to press the point), but their legal status remained murky due to prior case law and issues of patient access. Health Canada runs the LP program, in which patients sign up with a licensed producer and receive their medicine in the mail. The national health agency does not license any storefront dispensaries.

Health Canada’s medical cannabis program, by the way, remains the same after Oct. 17.

Those warnings seemed to be playing out on the streets of Toronto today. Earlier this afternoon, a half-dozen individual patients attempted to enter the Broadview Dispensary, on Queen Street not far from Leafly’s Toronto offices. Each buzzed the front box to be let in, but none received an answer or an open door. Eventually they each walked away.

There was no sign explaining why the doors remained closed.

—Bruce Barcott

Pop-up Events Popping in Toronto

Legalization Day parties are happening in Toronto, Ottawa, St. John’s, Montreal, Calgary, Vancouver and countless other cities tonight and tomorrow.

Some of the hottest events in Toronto include:

RELATED STORY

Celebrate Legalization in Canada With Leafly

Leafly’s Bud Drop. Oct. 16. Legalization kickoff at the Mod Club, Toronto, featuring Dwayne Gretzky. Sold out, sorry, no tickets, even our editors can’t get their friends in. Seriously.

Seth Rogen should come as himself.

The Great Canadian $25,000 Cannabis Scavenger Hunt. Oct. 16. A street team put up these posters (left) all over downtown Toronto last night. Local shop Cannabis and Coffee is attempting a Guinness World Record in several cannabis categories with a cannabis themed scavenger hunt. I think you’re supposed to dress in Halloween costume as your favorite 420-friendly celebrity. Register on their website to participate.

Live Your Latitude: A Candid Cannabis Conversation. Oct. 16. Six women share their cannabis stories and answer questions in a panel moderated by 48Nrth CEO Alison Gordon and Model/DJ and cannabis advocate Chelsea Leyland. The Drake Hotel Lounge, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Canada’s Legalization Party. Oct. 16. Billed as a “dress to impress” legalization party for professionals, this event by the Entrepreneurship Society and cannabis brand Fireside will include free giveaways, cannabis cooking tips, and a live DJ set—including bottle service. Swank. Things kick off at Love Child Social House at 6 p.m. and the music turns up around 9 p.m., according to the event’s Facebook page.

—Leafly Staff

Past Cannabis Conviction? Answers Coming Soon

The point person for the Canadian government’s legalization of pot says Canadians will know soon what will happen with previous criminal convictions for cannabis possession.

Just hours before recreational marijuana becomes legal Wednesday, Minister of Border Security and Organized Crime Reduction Bill Blair said answers will be forthcoming shortly that will help Canadian understand the appropriate way those criminal records will be addressed.

The former Toronto police chief says the issue could not be dealt with until the law was changed.

—Associated Press

Territories to Let Towns Block Cannabis Sales

Northern communities will be allowed to prevent retail cannabis stores from opening even after the drug becomes legal on Wednesday. Legislation in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, and Yukon gives towns the option of voting to block cannabis stores within their boundaries.

Canadian Press

RELATED STORY

6 Ways to Advocate for a Pro-Cannabis Local Government

Quebec Cannabis Stores Ramping Up Customer Experience

MONTREAL—When Quebec’s state-run cannabis outlets open Wednesday morning, they will offer some 110 products, from containers of pre-rolled Tsunami brand joints to small vials of cannabis oil.

But in a set-up closer to a pharmacy than a wine boutique, customers will have to wait to be served by a clerk who keeps products behind a counter. And they will not be allowed into the shop until they pass an ID check to prove they are of legal age.

Media were invited Tuesday to tour a Montreal outlet of the Quebec Cannabis Corp., the subsidiary of the provincial liquor corporation that has exclusive control over sales in the province.

From the outside, the only indication of what is for sale is a discreet Quebec Cannabis Corp. logo.

In a statement, the Quebec Cannabis Corp. said the stores reflect its mission “to make all the information accessible without encouraging consumption.”

Quebec has priced products starting at $5.25 a gram, taxes included. In addition to the 12 stores opening across the province, the corporation will begin offering online sales Wednesday. Deliveries will be made by Canada Post, which will be instructed to verify the age of recipients.

Canadian Press

RELATED STORY

5 Mandatory Montreal Experiences for High Folks

Be Careful at the Border, US Officials Warn

US Customs and Border Protection is reiterating that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law.

Executive Assistant Commissioner Todd Owen of the US Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations said it’s still viewed as illegal and possession of it at the border is subject to arrest and prosecution.

Owen says admittance of past marijuana use could make a Canadian inadmissible. He also says a foreign national refusing to answer may make that person inadmissible.

—Associated Press

RELATED STORY

US Relaxes Border Policy for Canadians Working in Legal Cannabis Industry

NHL to Maintain League’s Lenient Approach

Canada on Wednesday will become the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. That means it will be available under the law in seven more NHL cities (it’s been legal to adults in Denver since 2012). The move is a step forward for athletes who believe marijuana has been stigmatized and should be accepted as a form of treatment.

“It was so tainted for a long time,” Ottawa Senators forward Matt Duchene said. “And now people are starting to learn a little bit more about it and there is definitely some positive uses to different elements of it.”

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association plan no changes to their joint drug-testing policy, under which players are not punished for positive marijuana tests. It is the most lenient approach to cannabis by any major North American professional sports league.

RELATED STORY

How Cannabis Helped NHL Enforcer Riley Cote Survive His Hockey Career

“The Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health Program for decades has been educating players on using drugs, legal or illegal,” Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “That process will continue and we will consider what changes, if any, in our program have to be made. But right now, we think based on the educational level and what we do test for and how we test, at least for the time being, we’re comfortable with where we are.”

While the NFL and NBA can suspend and MLB can fine players for multiple marijuana infractions, only a significantly high amount of the drug found in NHL/NHLPA testing triggers a referral to behavioral health program doctors. Retired pro Riley Cote estimated about half of players during his NHL career from 2007-2010 used some sort of cannabis for medicinal purposes, though players suggest use in hockey currently is lower than the population at large.

—Associated Press

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