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Dazed and confused: Canada cannabis legalization brings complex new laws

Dazed and confused: Canada cannabis legalization brings complex new lawsCanada will become the second country in the world to legalise recreational marijuana. Canada will this week become the second country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana, but as they negotiate a patchwork of new legislation and inconsistent enforcement, smokers may soon find that their enjoyment of weed is still blunted. “There will be more laws around the cannabis plant after legalization than there were before,” said Akwasi Owusu-Bempah, a professor at the University of Toronto.



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Canada to pardon convictions for cannabis as country becomes second in the world to legalise drug

Canada to pardon convictions for cannabis as country becomes second in the world to legalise drugThe Canadian government is ready to pardon those with a pot possession record of 30 grams or less as Canada became the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace on Wednesday. A senior government official said those with a record will be allowed to apply for a pardon. The official was not authorised to speak publicly ahead of Wednesday's announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity. On Wednesday, Canada became the second country after Uruguay to legalise so-called recreational marijuana. Tom Clarke, 43, shop opened at midnight in Newfoundland, Canada's easternmost province. "I am living my dream. Teenage Tom Clarke is loving what I am doing with my life right now," he said. Clarke has been dealing marijuana illegally in Canada for 30 years. He wrote in his high school yearbook that his dream was to open a cafe in Amsterdam, the Dutch city where people have legally smoked weed in coffee shops since the 1970s. A depiction of a cannabis bud drops from the ceiling at Leafly's countdown party in Toronto on Wednesday Credit:  Chris Young At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces. That is a small slice of what ultimately will be a much larger marketplace. No stores will open in Ontario, which includes Toronto. The most populous province is working on its regulations and doesn't expect stores until next spring. Canadians everywhere will be able to order marijuana products through websites run by provinces or private retailers and have it delivered to their homes by mail. Longtime pot fan Ryan Bose, 48, a Lyft driver in Toronto, said it's about time. "Alcohol took my grandfather and it took his youngest son, and weed has taken no one from me ever," he said. Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001, and amid excitement over the arrival of legal recreational pot, many in the industry spent the last days of prohibition on tasks familiar to any retail business – completing displays, holding mock openings and training employees to use sales-tracking software. US Customs and Border Protection invited Canadian media to a conference call on Tuesday so officials could reiterate that marijuana remains illegal under US federal law and that those who are caught at the border with pot are subject to arrest and prosecution. View this post on Instagram Went to the store to pick up a pack of “cigarettes” ahead of #Weedsday. My fave, infrequently visited neighbourhood pot shop will be one of the first to legally sell recreational weed once the government stamps its approval. These joints I bought for work — they’re going to be on TV tomorrow along with 30 grams of bud and numerous pot plants. ALL LEGAL! — #cannabis #cannabiscommunity #weed #legalincanada #potshop #bcpoli A post shared by Megan Stewart (@mhstewart) on Oct 16, 2018 at 6:36pm PDT A patchwork of regulations has spread in Canada as each province takes its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government. Some are operating government-run stores, some are allowing private retailers, some both. Alberta and Quebec have set the minimum age for purchase at 18, while others have made it 19. "We're not legalising cannabis because we think it's good for our health. We're doing it because we know it's not good for our children," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on the eve of the reform. "We know we need to do a better job to protect our children and to eliminate or massively reduce the profits that go to organized crime."



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Canada legalizes recreational cannabis

Canada legalizes recreational cannabisCanada became the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis on Wednesday, but a legal buzz will be hard to come by in its biggest cities. Some, including Toronto and Vancouver, will have no stores open.



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Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplace

Canada now world's largest legal marijuana marketplaceMONTREAL (AP) — Ian Power was among the first to buy legal recreational marijuana in Canada but he has no plans to smoke it. He plans to frame it.



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Canada MPs vote to strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenship

Canada MPs vote to strip Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi of honorary citizenshipCanadian legislators have voted unanimously to strip Myanmar civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi of her honorary citizenship – granted over a decade ago – in response to alleged atrocities committed against the Rohingya minority in her country. “In 2007, the House of Commons granted Aung San Suu Kyi the status of honorary Canadian citizen,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Adam Austen. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday that he was open to stripping Ms Suu Kyi of the honour, while noting that doing so would not end the crisis in Myanmar.



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Trump Confirms His 'Insulting' Comments About NAFTA Talks With Canada

Trump Confirms His 'Insulting' Comments About NAFTA Talks With CanadaPresident Donald Trump on Friday confirmed "insulting" comments that he'd



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US trade panel blocks tariffs on Canada newsprint imports

US trade panel blocks tariffs on Canada newsprint importsA US trade panel on Wednesday blocked tariffs imposed on Canadian newsprint imports which drew sharp protests because of their impact on struggling American newspapers. The decision, which is subject to appeal, means the preliminary tariffs of up to 30 percent imposed earlier this year by the Commerce Department are canceled and money collected will be refunded.



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Canada explores free trade with southeast Asian bloc

Canada explores free trade with southeast Asian blocCanada wants free trade with the ASEAN bloc, Trade Minister Jim Carr said Monday on the eve of a trip to Thailand and Singapore for “exploratory” talks. Carr on the August 28-30 trip will look to promote bilateral trade and investment with Thailand and Singapore — which, along with Canada, is expected to soon ratify the Trans Pacific Partnership — and press for free trade with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).



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Mexico president-elect wants Canada in new NAFTA

Mexico president-elect wants Canada in new NAFTATuxtla Gutiérrez (Mexico) (AFP) – Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador called Monday for a three-way trade deal with the United States and Canada, saying a two-way agreement reached with the US was just a first step. “It’s important that Canada also be included,” said the leftist president-elect after the US and Mexico announced a bilateral deal to update the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).



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U.S. is committed to Canada, Saudi Arabia ties amid spat: State Dept.

U.S. is committed to Canada, Saudi Arabia ties amid spat: State Dept.U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland that the United States was committed to its close partnerships with both Canada and Saudi Arabia, his spokeswoman said on Thursday amid a diplomatic spat between the two U.S. allies. Pompeo was the highest-level U.S. official to weigh in publicly on the dispute between Ottawa and Riyadh, which have clashed over the arrest of activists in Saudi Arabia over the past month. The dispute started when Canada called for civil society activists to be freed from jail.



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