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Canadians react to roll out of "The Cannabis Act"

FORT ERIE, ONTARIO (WIVB-TV) - Wednesday Canada’s Cannabis Act officially took effect, fully legalizing recreational marijuana throughout the country. 

Canada is the largest country in the world to fully legalize marijuana. 

“I think it's great that we can have the right to come out and smoke it and no cop can stop us now,” said Fort Erie resident John Barton.

Each provincial government in Canada sets its own rules for cannabis. While the policies are generally they same, they do vary from province to province. 

In Ontario, the only legal way to purchase recreational marijuana is through a government-run online website. The products are then shipped via mail, but only to addresses in Canada. 

Legal physical dispensaries aren’t expected until April. 

Adults 19 and older in Ontario can carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis, and can legally grow up to four plants per residence. 

Ontario adults ages 19 and older can also smoke marijuana in public places like parks and sidewalks; that’s something St. Catharines resident Barbara Butler isn’t happy about. 

“Wafting pot smoke is not something I am looking forward to,” she told News 4. 

Fort Erie resident Dorian Brundage doesn’t personally smoke pot, but is happy about the new law.

“Maybe people will feel more comfortable to be doing it in public and not feel like they’re being judged,” Brundage said. 

She’s hopeful full legalization will bring additional revenue and jobs into Canada. 

Law enforcement on both sides of the U.S.-Canadian border have coordinated their efforts to make sure residents in both countries are well aware of the rules. 

Nothing has changed in the United States when it comes to federal marijuana laws. 

Attempting to bring marijuana from Canada into the United States is illegal, and can lead to hefty fines and jail time. This includes medical marijuana obtained on Canada. 

“This should go without saying, but we would like to emphasize that travelers entering the United States must be cognizant of what is in their possession,” said Richard Roberts, Assistant Director of Border Security at CBP’s Buffalo field office. 

Click here for important rules pertaining to the Cannabis Act.


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