Day One for Canada – the first step into a brave new world

Canada’s cannabis age officially dawned today, with some CBD products as well as the plant itself becoming legal for retail and personal possession.

The long-awaited first sale took place just after midnight in the city of St John’s, Newfoundland, on the Atlantic coast, which benefits from a time zone half an hour ahead of other eastern provinces.

It was made in a store owned by Canopy Growth, the biggest of the Canadian cannabis companies which are increasingly extending their operations internationally too.

Canopy CEO Bruce Linton, who conducted the sale, said: “The last time Canada was this far ahead in anything, Alexander Graham Bell made a phone call.”

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Barnaby Page

Editorial director
Before joining ECigIntelligence in early 2014 as one of its first employees, Barnaby had a 30-year career as a reporter and editor for newspapers, magazines and online services, working in Canada, the US and the Middle East as well as his current British location. He has edited publications covering fields including technology and the advertising industry, and was launch editor of the first large daily online news service in the British regional media. Barnaby also writes on classical music and film for a number of publications. Barnaby manages the editorial and reporting teams and works closely with the analyst teams, to ensure that all content meets high standards of quality and relevance. He also writes for the site occasionally, mostly on science-related issues, and is a member of the Association of British Science Writers.

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