Canada-bis: Recreational pot now legal in Canada

Drive 18/10/2018
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Canadians can now buy, sell and possess recreational marijuana in the country, after it was legalised today.

Hundreds queued in the eastern areas of Canada to be among the first to buy legal marijuana when it became legal at midnight.

Medicinal marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. Uruguay is the only other country where it's completely legal.

Dale Carruthers, crime reporter, told RadioLIVE Drive that from today, he can officially be a legal "weed smoker".

"It's a pretty historic day in Canada. As a crime reporter, I'd reported on cannabis and crime for a long time, and I've seen first hand how marijuana convictions have dramatically altered lives," he said.

It's a huge day in Canada.

The new law comes with some restrictions. It will be illegal to possess more than 30 grams of dried cannabis in public, grow more than four plants per household and to buy from an unlicensed dealer.

Listen to the full interview with Dale Carruthers above.

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