Members of the media attend a preview for one of Quebec's new cannabis stores in Montreal, Tuesday, Oct.1 6, 2018. Canada will become the second and largest country with a legal national marijuana marketplace when sales begin on midnight Wednesday. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Canada is ready to open the door wide to legal marijuana

October 16, 2018 - 10:59 am

TORONTO (AP) — Canada will become the second and largest country with a legal, nationwide marijuana marketplace when sales begin at midnight in the easternmost province of Newfoundland.

Tom Clarke will be among the first to legally sell recreational marijuana when his shop opens in Newfoundland. He has been dealing marijuana for 30 years and says his teenage self would love what he's doing with his life.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government has spent about two years planning for legalization, fueled by a desire to bring dealers like Clarke out of the black market and into a regulated system.

At least 111 legal pot shops are planning to open across the nation of 37 million people on the first day, according to an Associated Press survey of the provinces.

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