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After speculation, rumors, and quite the intense wait, cannabis has officially been legalized in Canada. As of October 17th at...

After speculation, rumors, and quite the intense wait, cannabis has officially been legalized in Canada.

As of October 17th at 12 AM, recreational cannabis was officially being sold through online governmental dispensaries while on the morning of the 17th, doors to dispensaries all across the country were opened.

The legislation, known as the Cannabis Act, was brought on by the Liberal Party, led by Justin Trudeau. The prime minister claims legalization will strengthen the economy, keep it out of underage users hands, and eliminate marijuana-related crime. Additionally, this makes Canada the first G7 country to legalize the drug.

Of course, with great things comes great responsibility. This means that there are strict rules in effect considering the new law. For example, only adults of legal age may buy, use, possess and grow recreational marijuana. In Quebec and Alberta, the legal age is 18 but it's 19 in the remainder of the country. Users are prohibited from smoking or possessing cannabis while driving or in a motor vehicle, as well as driving under the influence. Additionally, the sale of cannabis to underage users is strictly prohibited. For a full list of the rules surrounding the legalization, visit the Cannabis Act government page.

On the bright side, marijuana users are now able to buy, consume, make, grow, posses, and share up to 30 grams of cannabis. In provinces such as Ontario, users may smoke in public designated areas however, this differs from province to province.

To all the potheads out there, enjoy the new law but stay courteous of those around you and please refrain from driving while high as it is a DUI charge with a hefty fine.

Fly high!