After standing in line for several hours, thousands of people today celebrated legalization by smoking marijuana on the streets of Canada.
With this measure, Canada became the largest country to legalize the consumption of marijuana .
In Toronto, people smoked their cigarettes as soon as they got out of bed in a huge celebration. In Alberta, a government website that sells marijuana stopped working after too many people tried to enter to place their orders.
And in Montreal, Graeme Campbell welcomed the day he had been waiting so long to buy all the yerba he wants.
“It was hard to find who would sell me, because I look like a cop,” said the 43-year-old computer programmer, outside a marijuana store.
He and his friend Alex Lacrosse smoked marijuana when two police officers passed by. “I passed him the cigarette right in front of them and they did not blink,” Lacrosse told his friend.
There were celebrations throughout Canada after becoming the largest country to legalize the sale of marijuana. It is expected to open at least 111 specialized stores on Wednesday across the country, with 37 million inhabitants, and many more are expected in the near future, according to a survey of the provinces conducted by The Associated Press. Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana.
Ian Power was the first in line at a St. John’s store, but he did not plan to smoke the gram of grass he bought just after midnight.
“I’m going to frame it and hang it on my wall. I’m not even going to smoke it, I’m just going to keep it forever, “Power said.
Tom Clarke, who illegally sold marijuana for three decades, opened a specialized store in Portugal Cove, Newfoundland, and his first sale went to his dad. The customers waiting in the line applauded him.
“It’s great. All my life I’ve waited for this, “Clarke said. “I am so happy to live in Canada at this time and not south of the border.”
The start of legal sales was not the only good news for fans of marijuana. Canada reported that it intends to pardon all those with convictions for possession of up to 30 grams of the herb, which is now the new legal limit.
“I do not need to be a criminal anymore, and that feels great,” said Canadian singer Ashley MacIsaac, outside a government shop in Nova Scotia. “Now the prime minister is the one who sells it to me!”
Canada has allowed the legal use of marijuana for medical purposes since 2001, and the government of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spent two years working to expand its use for recreational purposes. The aim is to present a better reflection of the changing opinion of society around the grass and regulate black market operators.
Corey Stone and a friend were formed outside one of the 12 stores that opened in Quebec at 3:45 am, to be among the first to buy grass. Hundreds of people formed behind them.
“It’s something unique in life. You can never be one of the first people to buy marijuana for recreational use legally in Canada, “said Stone, a 32-year-old restaurant manager.