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18 Pictures Of What Legal Weed Actually Looks Like In Canada

On Oct. 17, Canada became the largest Western country in the world to regulate the sale of marijuana, and Canadians are very excited.

Posted on October 17, 2018, at 12:20 p.m. ET

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Torontonians gather at a local concert venue to watch the “bud drop” at the stroke of midnight, in celebration of the legalization of recreational cannabis use on Oct. 17, in Toronto.

Wednesday marked the first day of legal cannabis sales in Canada as hundreds of people waited outside dispensaries to make their first purchases in this new marijuana economy. The end of cannabis prohibition had been promised by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau when he was elected in 2015. Canada is also expected to announce a pathway for those convicted of cannabis possession to receive criminal pardons.

These pictures show what legal marijuana looks like in Canada today.

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People wait in line to enter a cannabis store in Montreal, Quebec, on Oct. 17.

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Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton and Ian Power and Nikki Rose, who were first in line to purchase the first legal recreational marijuana after midnight, at a Tweed retail store in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on Oct. 17.

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Customers line up outside the Natural Vibe store in St John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, on Oct. 17.

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Chrissy Brun looks over a cannabis menu with customers at the Natural Vibe store on Oct. 17.

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The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation cannabis store in Halifax on Oct. 17.

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Customers look at a cannabis menu at the Natural Vibe store in St. John’s.

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Maple syrup and olive oil infused with CBD marijuana extract for sale at the Village Bloomery medical cannabis dispensary in Vancouver, Sept. 25.

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Krissy Calkins smokes a marijuana joint at a Wake and Bake legalized marijuana event in Toronto on Oct. 17.

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A sign warning travelers about crossing international borders with cannabis at the Ottawa International Airport, Oct. 15.

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An employee walks past a greenhouse growing cannabis plants at Hexo’s facilities in Gatineau, Quebec, on Sept. 26.

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An employee replants cannabis plants at the Up cannabis factory in Lincoln, Ontario, on Oct. 12.

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Employee Martin Henderson at the Up cannabis factory in Lincoln, Ontario.

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Darren Karasiuk, senior vice president and general manager for recreational use at MedReleaf, in a grow room in Markham, Canada, on June 21.

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Cannabis buds at Hexo’s facilities on Sept. 26.

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A warning label on one gram of cannabis at Up's cannabis factory.

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A cup of coffee is served at the Cannabis & Coffee café in Toronto on Oct. 11.

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