Marijuana in now legal in Canada. Our neighbor to the north became the first G-7 nation to legalize recreational marijuana. The law went into effect at midnight in each of Canada's time zones.
People lined up in Newfoundland to be the first to legally purchase marijuana. The country's leaders are also expected to announce this morning that they’ll begin giving pardons to anyone who was arrested for possession of small amounts of marijuana in the past.
What does the end of prohibition mean? The new law allows adults ages 18 and older to possess up to 30-grams (that’s just over an ounce) of legal cannabis. But it’s not a total free-for-all. Giving cannabis to youth is still considered a serious crime with penalties up to 14 years in jail.