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On a high: Canada celebrates cannabis being legalised

At five seconds past midnight, Ian Power became the owner of the first gram of recreational cannabis to be sold in Canada. After waiting for hours in the cold, Power strode excitedly into the only cannabis store open in St John’s, Newfoundland, and made his purchase.

I think it’s one of the biggest moments of my life, he told the crowd of reporters gathered to witness the transaction at the Tweed store. “There’s a tear in my eye. No more back alleys.” Power said he intended to frame his purchase rather than smoke it.

It’s one of the biggest moments of my life, said Ian Power after buying the first legal cannabis for recreational use in Canada.
Facebook Twitter Pinterest  “It’s one of the biggest moments of my life,” said Ian Power after buying the first legal cannabis for recreational use in Canada. Photograph: Canadian Press/REX/Shutterstock
Three years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected with a mandate to legalise marijuana, residents in Canada can now legally purchase the drug, putting an end to nearly a century of prohibition in the country. Banned in 1923, cannabis first became legal in 2001, when the government approved it for medicinal purposes only.

There’s no question the world is watching.” Jody Wilson-Raybould, the country’s attorney-general, said at a press conference on Wednesday morning. The federal government also announced plans to pardon people convicted of previous minor marijuana convictions, a victory for campaigners who argued that prohibition unfairly targeted racial minorities.