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By Gerd Braune October 17, 2018 – 13:55 clock Canada is the first major industrialized country to allow the use of cannabis. The drug crime wants to escape so the soil. Whether it will be a success depends on a lot.
The Canadian flag instead of maple leaf with a cannabis leaf in front of the parliament in Ottawa: On the night of Wednesday in Canada, the legalization of marijuana consumption came into force.

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Ottawa – In Canada, adults can legally buy and consume marijuana from now on. At midnight on the night of Wednesday, the cannabis law came into force, legalizing cannabis as a recreational drug. Newfoundland was the first province where marijuana was sold under the new regulations.

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The evening before, customers had arrived in St. John's, the capital of Newfoundland Labrador, in front of the Canadian cannabis producer Tweed, a subsidiary of Canopy Growth's largest producer. They waited despite the cold. When the door to the store opened at 11.30pm, the store filled up quickly. As the second hand approached midnight, those present voted in the countdown as at the turn of the year. At 1:01 am, Canopy CEO Bruce Linton handed over a packet to Ian Power and Nikki Rose. "It was my dream to be the first to buy the first legal gram of cannabis in Canada," Powers said.
He succeeded: Newfoundland has its own time zone, one and a half hours before Central Canada with Ontario and Quebec. The last province was British Columbia four and a half hours later. There in the west began the sale at midnight on the established by the provincial government online portal of "BC Cannabis Stores". Each province and territory of Canada has its own regulations governing cannabis sales.
Cannabis is now allowed as a recreational drug throughout Canada Canada is the first major industrialized country to legalize cannabis and the cannabis product marijuana as a recreational drug. So far only Uruguay has taken this step. Although several states have legalized marijuana in the United States, federal law prohibits it. Medicinal use of cannabis had already been legalized in Canada in 2001. Now this applies – with age and quantity restrictions – also for marijuana as a recreational drug. The Liberal Party had promised this in the 2015 election campaign. Now the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has implemented this promise. The reason given for the reorientation of the drug policy with health protection and public safety. The regulation of cultivation and sale should on the one hand ensure that cannabis does not come into the hands of young people, on the other hand, the illegal market should be dried out. Legalization and state-controlled sales are designed to "steal profits from criminals and organized crime," the government stresses. The government is trying to eliminate the black market in the long term Whether or not legalization is a success depends, according to observers, very much on the success of eliminating the black market, so that only cannabis from controlled cultivation will come onto the market. This cannabis will be labeled and will contain information about the cannabis ingredients cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), so customers will know what they are consuming. The decisive factor will be whether the price per gram in the legal trade, which will be between seven and ten Canadian dollars, is competitive. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation CBC, cannabis can be bought at a lower price on the black market. It is also expected that for the time being the supply of cannabis in the legal market can not meet demand, so that consumers could continue to use the black market. Driving is prohibited under the influence of drugs Legalization is accompanied by intensive education campaigns that warn against the health hazards, especially for young people. According to the government, Canada has one of the highest rates of cannabis use among young people worldwide. In 2015, 21 percent of adolescents aged between 15 and 19 and 30 percent of those aged 20 to 24 used marijuana. On its website the government informs about the health hazards. Early onset, frequent cannabis use could affect the development of the young brain. Cannabis smoke, like tobacco, can damage lungs. The cannabis use could also lead to mental problems such as depression and dependencies. Many health professionals pointed to the health risks on the eve of legalization. One focus is the warning about driving under the influence of drugs. Through advertisements in newspapers, radio and in the social media, the government warns: "Do not drive high." The police have been trained in recent months to detect drug use among motorists.

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