First legal purchase of cannabis made in Newfoundland and Labrador

Parks Canada is clearing cannabis fans to light up at its campsites- with a few restrictions

A patchwork of regulations has spread in Canada as each province takes its own approach within the framework set out by the federal government.

The Canadian Press has learned the announcement on setting aside minor marijuana convictions of the past will come the same day the government ushers in a historic new era of legalized cannabis.

The store to be run by the province in B.C.'s Interior is opening Wednesday as pot sales become legal across Canada.

The prime minister repeated his oft-stated view that a regulated market for marijuana - a pillar of his 2015 election campaign - will keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian kids and combat the flourishing black market.

Canadian lawmakers voted in June to approve legal recreational marijuana.

When it arrives at your house, Canada Post will undertake age-verification checks if you appear to be under the age of 25-years-old, as you have to be 19-years-old to legally order cannabis.

Premier Doug Ford took several swipes at the Trudeau government's legalization of marijuana during remarks to the Ontario Police Association Annual General Meeting.

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Democratic senator Ron Wyden of OR said it was time for the US Government to follow Canada's lead.

As of Tuesday the drug was illegal, and officials at the media briefing said any charges or cases before the courts could still be prosecuted after legalization.

As Canada welcomes legalisation, supply shortages could develop, as happened in some U.S. states when legalisation arrived.

Trevor Fencott, chief executive of Fire and Flower, said his company has 15 Alberta stores staffed and ready to sell marijuana, but the province has supplied only enough product to open three of them Wednesday.

Brenda Tobin and her son Trevor plan to open their pot shop in Labrador City in Newfoundland and Labrador at 4:20 p.m. Wednesday - 420 is slang for the consumption of cannabis. She hoped to make money from pipes, bongs and marijuana paraphernalia.

The product would be returned to the branch if the person is underage, and a refund would be issued, the ministry says.

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