Ontario passed its cannabis legislation Wednesday, firmly establishing the right to smoke marijuana in public in the province hours after recreational use of drug became legal across Canada.
"Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. states and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana or the facilitation of the aforementioned remain illegal under U.S. federal law", the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service declared in a statement last week.
Even though cannabis is legal within Canada, it's illegal to bring it into the country, even if you're traveling from one of the US states where it's legal as well.
But "if they're coming to the United States. with the express interest to facilitate or develop the marijuana industry, they would generally be deemed inadmissible".
Transport Canada has issued a safety bulletin outlining prohibited smoking of marijuana aboard vessels, according to the government's Criminal Code. It is up to the border agent's discretion.
Zimbabwe was the second country in Africa, after Lesotho, to regulate the use of marijuana for medical purposes. MI and North Dakota have recreational marijuana legalization on the ballot in November.
While numerous States in the U.S. have legalized at the state level, including Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Vermont and California, federal law still prohibits cultivation, possession and sales of the plant.
Here in the USA, attitudes towards pot have been shifting. Here's what Canadian legalization looks like so far. Don't try to bring it back to the United States, though.
Noooope. It remains illegal to transport marijuana and you will likely face criminal charges when trying to cross the border into the United States, even if you're going to one of the nine USA states where recreational marijuana is legal.
Others, however, are sounding the alarm. "Marijuana remains a controlled substance under USA federal law and it remains illegal". Country-wide legalization of the substance fulfills Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's promise from his 2015 campaign. Trudeau believes legalizing marijuana will regulate the supply and help to keep marijuana out of the reach of children, and to keep profits away from organized worldwide crimes.
However, the market is still in its nascent stage with analysts predicting a shortage of supply in the first year of legalisation.
The federal government and many provinces have been cautious, starting with limited stores and products, including no edibles for a year, and tight control over supply. "And I think they will be easily able to outsmart our government and have this spread across the continent".
Ontario, home to Canada's most populous city, Toronto, will have no physical stores until April 2019, due to a change to the province's retail model by a new provincial government. Mexico, the Netherlands and Italy are among other nations that have been mulling legalization.