Canada on Wednesday became the world's first major economy and only the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to legalize the recreational use of cannabis and embark on the controversial experiment in drug policy.
The process could eventually bump up against political realities, as the early results of Canada's grand experiment with legal weed will be apparent before the next general election.
Linton said Canada is at the head of the industry because it is federally legal in Canada and federally illegal in the United States.
Amid the hoopla leading up to October 17, the date was viewed as significant around the world as other nations watched the first G20 country to legalize and sell cannabis commercially.
Sales figures on the first morning under Canada's new legalized pot regime suggest there's considerable demand for cannabis products across the country. Pot is legal for medical purposes in 31 states.
Tom Clarke, who sold marijuana illegally for 30 years, was also one of the first to make a legal sale in Canada.
Canada has had legal medical marijuana since 2001 and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has spent two years working toward expanding that to include recreational marijuana.
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Provinces and businesses have been struggling to prepare, and legalization was pushed back from original expectations of a July start to enable setting up distribution and sales networks.
Other cannabis shops in Victoria made a decision to close while they go through the application process.
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. The government has given police the tools to shut down illegal cannabis store operators.
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.
"As we go about changing a legal regime that has existed for almost a century, there are many steps that must be taken in proper sequence", said Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale. There also won't be anything in the way of weed cafes or restaurants, at least not legally, anyway.
Law enforcement going forward could be patchy.
But many large police departments will forego the C$5,000 device, Adam Palmer, president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, told reporters on Monday.
Dawkins said he doesn't need to hypothesize about what will happen to the black market in Canada.
He said the new law was created to keep drugs out of the hands of minors and profits out of the hands of criminals.