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Canada to legalize marijuana


A man smokes a marijuana cigarette during a legalization party at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, Ontario, Oct. 17, 2018. Nearly a century of marijuana prohibition came to an end Wednesday as Canada became the first major Western nation to legalize and regulate its sale and recreational use. Scores of customers braved the cold for hours outside Tweed, a pot boutique in St John's, Newfoundland that opened briefly at midnight, to buy their first grams of legal cannabis.In total, Statistics Canada says 5.4 million Canadians will buy cannabis from legal dispensaries in 2018, about 15 percent of the population. Around 4.9 million already smoke. Geoff Robins, AFP/Getty Images
 

A woman smokes a marijuana cigarette during a legalization party at Trinity Bellwoods Park in Toronto, Ontario, Oct. 17, 2018. Geoff Robins, AFP/Getty Images
 

People check out the sample counter at a cannabis store in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Canada became the largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace as sales began early Wednesday. John Woods, The Canadian Press via AP
 

People take selfies as they line up outside a cannabis store to buy their first legal marijuana in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. John Woods, The Canadian Press via AP
 

People hold up a Canadian flag with a marijuana logo on it outside a government cannabis store in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018. Graham Hughes, The Canadian Press via AP