Marijuana enthusiasts in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada's easternmost province, kicked off the first permitted sales at midnight. Power was first in line at a store in St. John's, Newfoundland.
Canopy's Chief Executive Bruce Linton rang in the first sales to residents Ian Power and Nikki Rose.
Not all of the details surrounding marijuana legalization in Canada have been sorted out yet, particularly when it comes to the country's relationship with the United States, where marijuana is considered a Schedule I drug, putting it in the same category as cocaine and heroin. Canadians who admit to smoking marijuana can be barred from the United States for life. For now, the marijuana plant (fresh or dried), cannabis oil and pre-rolled joints are all legal. Now more than 30 states have OK'd the medical use of marijuana and nine have approved recreational use by adults.
Hours before they opened, though, a federal official told The Associated Press that Canada will pardon all those with convictions for possessing up to 30 grams of marijuana, the now-legal threshold.
"The response to cannabis legalization has resulted in a high volume of orders".
Canada has legalised recreational cannabis today (17 October) making it the second country after Uruguay, which passed legislation in 2013, to impose such a measure.
Despite the early problems, the move is a political win for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who vowed to legalize cannabis during his 2015 election campaign.
Fedeli said he was happy with initial reports on the store's sales and defended some of the more unusual products available on the site, including an "intimate" spray with cannabis ingredients designed for amorous couples.
Goodale was flanked by other key ministers who have shepherded the cannabis file through a legislative and bureaucratic maze: Organized Crime Reduction Minister Bill Blair, Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor. The change will bring "order to every aspect of the production, distribution and consumption of cannabis", he added.
The federal government and many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edibles for a year, and tight control over supply. Some are operating government-run stores, other allowing private retailers, some both. If Canopy is able to "do it right" in the Canadian market, then over time global governments will become more comfortable with the industry, the company's CEO said.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) released a statement late last month, clarifying its policies regarding "Canada's Legalization of Marijuana and Crossing the Border".
"If you're under the influence, you're going to be in trouble".
For the most part, however, provinces will have one federally run online shopping destination. "It's tough to get everything through the bottleneck on a timely basis", University of Waterloo economist Anindya Sen told the San Jose Mercury News.
"Kamloops just seemed to be the right place at the right time, where they had the zoning in place, they had a store location that was flawless for what we wanted to do", he said.
"This is really the last thing our hemisphere needs right now in the midst of an opiate epidemic is to increase the US of illegal drugs and any drug that's intoxicating, including marijuana", Kevin Sabet, President of SAM, told Fox News.