At the stroke of midnight on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, the great people of Canada turned over a new leaf, becoming just the second country to legalize marijuana (Uruguay being the first).
In legalizing weed, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made good on a campaign promise and the move is expected to result in the injection of billions of dollars into Canada's economy, including from U.S. cannabis tourists.
Canadian job seeker interest in the cannabis industry continues to surge. After a temporary spike following the June 20th legalization announcement, searches containing cannabis-related terms have climbed even further through the end of last week. pic.twitter.com/GTL6sPwbMc
— Brendon Bernard (@BrendonBernard_) October 17, 2018
The move isn't without controversy, including debate over pardons (which the country will hand out to those convicted of having 30 grams or less), and the laws vary by province so they require some scrutiny. But legalization is here and has largely been met with open arms and bongs, including on Twitter where people celebrated the news.
More poutine will be consumed today than on any prior day in human history. #legalizationday
— God (@TheTweetOfGod) October 17, 2018
— Peter Wagner (@peterjontheair) October 17, 2018
The US watching Canada legalize weed on Oct.17th pic.twitter.com/ZKm481AT0N
— Noé (@xo_noe_) October 17, 2018
Right now, marijuana is 100% legal in Toronto! In 3 hours, it’ll be 100% legal here in Vancouver as well! Congratulations on this historical day, Canada! You’re now America’s cool older cousin who can get us weed!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) October 17, 2018
Weed becomes legal in Canada tomorrow.
You think we apologize a lot now, just wait til everyone’s stoned, laughing, and saying sorry then apologizing for saying sorry then apologizing for saying sorry.
— Theresa (@tlcprincess) October 17, 2018
Marijuana is now legal in Canada!! AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT THAT MEANS!!!! AT 4:20 TODAY YOU KNOW WHAT I'LL BE DOING!!!! 🌲🔥🌲🔥🌲
...I will be continuing to abstain because I have a lot of work to do and recreational drugs do not help with productivity
— Skeleton of Ryan 𝓔𝓷𝓽𝓮𝓻𝓽𝓪𝓲𝓷𝓶𝓮𝓷𝓽 North (@ryanqnorth) October 17, 2018
With Canada's weed legalisation taking effect, just want to give a quick shout out to drugs for winning the war on drugs
— NEON NO (@Neon_woof) October 16, 2018
Besides the economic boost and becoming even more appealing to American's south of the Canadian border, Canada's new drug laws will make Don Cherry's suits an even more surreal experience for Hockey Night in Canada viewers. Everybody wins.