Canadian Marijuana Stores Face Shortage Supply After Legalisation

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Cannabis use for medical purposes was also allowed in many European countries, including Portugal and the Netherlands, which concluded the criminalization of the drug.

Quebec's government-owned Societe quebecoise du cannabis (SQDC) said it processed 12,500 purchases in its 12 brick-and-mortar stores and 30,000 online transactions.

On Wednesday, Canada became the first G7 country - and second country in the world after Uruguay - to legalize marijuana for all adults.

One of the lucky Canadians who managed to buy marijuana on the first day of legalisation at a cannabis store in Quebec City, Quebec.

In the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, the first to legally sell cannabis in Canada at midnight on October 17, licensed cannabis retailers are experiencing such dramatic demand for their product that many are running low or have sold out completely in just 24 hours.

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Marijuana became legal in Canada on Wednesday, and authorities are still trying to get used to it. Legalizing the drug and regulating its sale will help keep it from children, the Canadian government says, along with cutting into black market profits.

"It's a candy store, I like the experience", said Vincent Desjardins, a 20-year-old-student who plans to apply for a job at the Montreal shop. "It is extremely unwise and illegal to attempt to bring any marijuana or marijuana products back across the border with you, whether you are returning to a state with legalization or not".

The Canadian purchases of US -based firms follows Canada's nationwide decriminalization of marijuana. The most populous province is working on its regulations and does not expect any stores to open until next spring.

At Albertacannabis.org, the government-run online store, the cheapest dried flower available was priced at $9.24 per gram.

Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. Then from April 1, privately-run physical stores will be allowed to sell weed.

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As with most things, it's all about quality, however pricing weed has to be done in accordance with what you could buy illegally before. The change raises questions for US travelers eager to hightail it across the border and light one up.

"Commercial airports are technically federal jurisdiction, but the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) itself has said it's not in the business to search for marijuana", she said.

There were long queues and reports of shortages across different parts of the country with some being unable to buy cannabis.

"I worry that in the rush to legalize, we haven't fully thought through what it means to create a whole new industry that encourages a lot more use of a mind-altering drug".

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