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>> Inside this fortified shipping container, eager students at Niagara College are learning the ins and outs of cannabis production, earning Canada's first commercial graduate certificate in growing pot.>> It's amazing. I'm learning a ton.>> They, along with millions of other Canadians, have been preparing for today, when Canada becomes the first industrialized nation to legalize recreational cannabis.
Its approach will be cautious and regulated. Starting with limited stores and products, including no edibles like this Israeli jellybeans for a year, and tight control over supply. In fact, some of the nation's biggest cities, including Toronto and Vancouver, won't have any legal stores open on the big day.
Others including Montreal, will only have a handful.>> The new recreational cannabis regime will officially come into force on October 17th.>> Still, it's a huge milestone and fulfills the campaign promise by Justin Trudeau's liberal government, as it will redirect billions in illegal sales from organised crime back to the government.
The anticipation of the stay had already catapulted the country's fledgling marijuana producers into the big leagues, with evaluations in the billions. Countries around the globe will be watching Canada's roll out closely. One issue likely to spring up, how to deal with American tourists since the US still has a federal ban on the stuff.
Signs at the Ottawa International Airport now politely reminding travelers, that what you smoke in Canada, stays in Canada.